Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free … Galatians 5:1 (NLT)
We all want to be accepted—by our family, by our friends, and most of all by God. But so often people accept us only if we are smart, wealthy, attractive, or powerful. So we work hard to project the right image and conceal our faults.
We often transfer this attitude to our relationship with God. We feel we must earn His acceptance. If we could only work harder, live better, pray longer, witness to more people—then we might get on God’s good side.
In the letter to the Galatians, Paul challenges this kind of thinking. He writes to Christians to expose the futility of trying to earn God’s acceptance through religious activity when we are already accepted in Christ. The Gospel (a phrase used 11 times in this letter) frees us from living out of a sense of guilt and living into the freedom of being a beloved child of God. In Galatians, we find fresh assurance of God’s love and renewed power to serve Him.
Galatians has been called by many the Magna Carta of Christianity. Contained in its six short chapters is an explosion of joy and freedom which promises to leave its readers enjoying deep significance, acceptance and satisfaction – the life of blessing God calls His children into, a life where we can truly be free to be who we were created to be.
Are you experiencing this freedom?
Last week we experienced an overview of the book of Galatians. This Sunday we dive in! You can see an overview of the series, including supplemental resources we are encouraging, by clicking here.
This coming Sunday, we will journey through the first ten verses of the book. Read up Galatians 1:1-10 and come hungry!
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