It’s 10 pm. I am just sitting down to write today’s post in this 31 day series. Tuesdays are long days for us. As I sit down to write, it hit me that I am a little caught up in getting the post done. For the sake of the post. I made a commitment and well, I’d like to keep it. Sometimes, I get uptight about getting things done. Sometimes, I get a little legalistic about getting stuff done.
Reading today’s passage, Galatians 3:10-14, I am reminded that these things I get uptight about could be compared to what Paul is talking about. I often treat tasks, and things, like they are the law. Here’s the passage:
10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”– 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
I get so caught up in things being done exactly like they should be. You know, exactly like they have always been done…at the time they’ve always been done…..you get the idea. I feel doomed to failure if I miss the tradition of it.
Isn’t that what Paul is giving warning to? My worth (justification – in Christ or otherwise) is not based on the tradition, or the “law”, of how a task is done, etc. My worth is based on Christ, the faith I have in Him, and the fact that He hung on the cross for me.
In verse 14, Paul shares that the blessing of Abraham, his legacy of faith, comes through Christ. That’s for me and for you. That’s what I want.
When Leah and I discussed these verses she said that we need to live more by faith. Amen to that!
I know that if I missed posting today, it would be okay. After all, it should be about being in God’s Word instead of writing a post every. single. day! Right?
Until tomorrow…Joy to You!