Paul an apostle—sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the members of God’s family who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed! Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ. For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me occurs when the apostle Paul asks the church at Galatia if they are seeking God’s approval or human approval. We spend way too much of our lives seeking the approval of those around us. We worry about whether they think we are cool enough, educated enough, pretty enough, etc. Instead, we should focus on whether we are good enough in God’s eyes. We should set our sights on the things of God rather than the things of the world.
Healing and compassionate God,
your hands hold gently all creation,
your touch brings life in the face of death,
your love transforms destruction into grace.
Touch our lives with your Spirit,
brining new life and hope,
so that we may live and serve you with joy and praise. Amen.
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