This week we open our Bibles to Galatians 3 and read along as Paul continues to battle against a gospel that claims blessing from God is a reward for good behavior.
After giving them the reason for his letter in the first chapter, Paul has spent a good deal of ink describing his own personal experience with God’s message of grace. In chapter three, he will ask them to consider their own experience of Christianity!
Do remember when God came crashing into your life! Do you remember what life was like then? Do you remember how it felt? Remember, Paul is appealing to the non-Jews who have become “spellbound” by traditional Judaism and tempted to turn to rule-keeping to try to earn God’s blessing!
Have you ever had a bad day, difficult circumstance, or painful period, and during it you have wondered, “What have I done wrong? Maybe I should have prayed more, or tithed more, or served more!” Have you felt guilty like it was something you did or didn’t do that brought on adversity from God?
For this and many other reasons you will want to listen in with an open heart and curious mind as we jump into this next chapter of Paul’s letter.