I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel. Galatians 1:6
Yesterday I talked about the grace and peace that Paul offered to the body of believers in Galatia in his letter to them. We talked about how there are many different greetings and that he offered grace and peace because that was where they needed to turn the attention. Today’s verse sheds a little bit of light on that. Paul is marveling at how soon they have turned away from the grace of their salvation in Christ Jesus. In this passage he goes on to talk about how they are following after twisted gospels. In essence, they are being distracted by teachings other than Christ Jesus and Him crucified. These ideas were distraction that lured them away from the faith they had when they first believed.
Distraction and twisted gospels are still among us today. If you don’t purpose to keep your faith strong, you will be easily turned to look in the direction of the noise of the world. Whether its work, media or activity, life today can pull you away from the thing that you once held in the highest esteem. Even though the distractions of life where not exactly what the Galatians were up against, the message is the same. Our focus and main priority needs to remain on our walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus our Savior. His grace is what empowers us to be successful in our faith walk.
The Apostle Paul goes on in this letter to talk about how he separated himself from the former life he had. He went away to take some time to prepare for the ministry God had called him to. He put away the distractions of life so that he could focus on growing in in the grace God had put into his life. This is the same thing we can do today. Although we may not be able to move away from the life we have now, we can pull away from some of the distractions and spend more time with our Father. Even if we don’t know right now the plans and purposes He has for us, as we turn our attention to Him more each day, He will begin to reveal these things to us and give us a starting point.
Today I want to encourage you to pull away from the distractions of the life. Set special time aside each day to spend with your Heavenly Father. Establish an appointed time that you dedicate completely to communing with Him and then make that appointment your most important commitment each day. Ask the LORD to reveal His plans for your life and then begin to follow the steps He gives to take you there. Grow in the grace and peace He offers today and complete down to the last detail all the assignments He has for your life.
Today’s scripture reading: Galatians 1:6-10