Friday, May 18, 2018

Year 8, Day 138: Galatians 2

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Paul continues to speak to us about his own life.  He has gone before the disciples; they didn’t make him do anything other than what Christ ahs entrusted him to do.  Paul has even challenged Peter’s authority in making people live a certain way because Peter himself doesn’t always follow all of the rules.  Paul’s own ministry speaks to his own love of God and his desire for obedience.  Paul’s point is that he is living the life he preaches.

What is the life he preaches?  Paul is living a life that salvation comes only through Christ.  It isn’t about what I eat.  It isn’t about putting in the right hours.  It isn’t about being seen doing the right things by the right people.  It isn’t about rote repetition of meaningless behaviors.  It is about Christ, His love for us, and His death on the cross.  We are saved by His grace, not by any circumstance of our own life.

What does this reality look like in our life?  Paul tells us matter-of-factly.  We have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us.  It’s that simple, really.  Christ died for us so that we can live in relationship with God.  If we truly believe that, why would we spend time pursuing our own selfish desires any longer?