Galatians 3: 1-5 Lynn
1 You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it's obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough.
2-4Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God's Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren't smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!
5-6Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?
Sometimes I think we have become crazy Galatians!!!
I have talked with many spouses who tell me they feel they must constantly put forth a perfect Christian example for their non-believing partner. The book of Galatians sure sets this perspective straight. We can’t work our heads off –live a perfect example- to please God, nor our spouse.
The stress of trying to live a perfect life leaves us frustrated, overwhelmed and finally defeated. We are not perfect – only Christ, Jesus lived a perfect life. In the early years of our marriage, I thought I had to live my life to persuade my husband to faith. I was absolutely convinced that my example would win his salvation. I am laughing out-loud, as I type this. What ridiculous thinking, CRAZY GALATAIN!
Let me assure you that my spouse will not discover Jesus because of anything I do or don’t do. Jesus will reveal Himself to my doubter in His own manner and perfect timing.
Whew!! What freedom for all of us when we leave the work of the spirit to God. What God requires of me is one thing. Keep my eyes on Jesus. An authentic, vibrant love relationship with the Lord is almost impossible to ignore. Our love compels us to pray for our spouse and others in our lost world. Unbelievers cannot help but be intrigued by this unusual and powerful love and hope.
Quit being a crazy Galatain! Be yourself, with God’s love tucked in your heart. That is what your spouse and our world want to see.