Reading: Galatians 1: 1-12
Paul is angry with the Galatians for living a gospel that is less than what he taught them. They have come to accept a gospel that is less than they first believed. Although the way of the cross is hard and the path is narrow, there is only one way, truth, and life. There is only one good news.
Before we condemn the Galatians, let us look within first. Have you ever bought an imitation product before? Even though you knew it wasn’t the real thing? Maybe it was a watch or pair of sunglasses or a handbag. We buy such things because we want to appear to be something or someone we are not. If we were really what those items represent, we would buy actual Rolex or Oakley or Gucci.
Our faith is not very different. If we were to honestly assess the faith we are practicing daily and living out in the world, then we would have a good look at the gospel we have accepted. I am guessing it is also less than what we first accepted. At some point we have read “with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength” and thought, ‘not yet, but one day’. To fully love God with our all is the goal. When we fell in love and gave our lives to Christ, this was our goal: to make Him #1 in our life.
Maybe tomorrow you will worship the god of green pastures and little white balls. Maybe tomorrow you will worship the god of still waters and drowning worms. Maybe tomorrow you will worship the Lord of you life and sing and praise His Holy name with your church family.
Either we are living a sold out, 100% in faith or we are living something less. Are we really who we say we represent? May the true gospel of Jesus Christ be our all in all, our way, truth, and life. All of it.