3May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 4Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. 5All glory to God forever and ever! Amen. Galatians 5:3-5 NLT
So many followers of Jesus get caught up again in the race to rescue themselves.
Instead of achievement being a response to God’s love, achievement becomes an idol necessary for us and required to justify our existence.
Instead of health being a response to God’s love, health becomes proof that we are blessed and actually fantastic humans.
Instead of relationships being a response to God’s love, relationships with certain people become the proof that we are loveable, and even worthy of love.
Instead of righteousness being a response to God’s love, righteousness, becomes a pursuit that proves we are pure and powerful, and able (we believe) to get what we want from God.
All of this happens when we lose sight of the grace and peace of God that’s ours in Christ. He gave his life for our sins in order to rescue us from this evil work in which we live. The Gospel is FOR the follower of Jesus. Constant contact with Christ in the truth of the Gospel will keep us rooted in His grace and peace. Without being emerged regularly in the Gospel, we will generate false forms of peace which are many in this world and we will become enslaved to them.
Jesus gave his life to rescue us!
Glory to God!