Today's Lectionary Text
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.
I know a lot people who love surprises, but I am not one of those people. Typically when I think of surprises, it culminates with a big celebration or party. Do not get me wrong, I do not have any objection to those type of events as a participant. When given the control, I like my plans to go accordingly and through that I tend to seemingly take God out of the mystery in the equation.
Have you ever been astonished? Surprise! I am sure you have. It got me thinking how fascinating of a word. I am not entirely sure the last time I used the word “astonished” to describe a situation. I started thinking more about the word, which led me to the emotions tied to it. I thought to myself that type of reaction does happen regularly in life. After a quick internet search, the words surprised and amazed seemed to be the common synonyms for the word. In today’s scripture, it accurately depicts how Paul was feeling towards the leaders of our first churches in Galatia.
Paul is surprised by the first-generation followers of Jesus Christ beginning to turn away. He states that anything other than the Gospel is not the Gospel. He was calling them out! There is a lot of confusion that led to this astonishment Paul was feeling. The Gospel that we have accepted shall be preached and it was not. The challenging reminder is to live a Gospel that points others to Jesus and signifies our baptism. To preach a Gospel that points directly to the cross where we recognize Lord Jesus Christ dying for our sins and rescuing us from evil. Finally, a Gospel that more importantly pleases God and does not present itself for the approval others. This is the Gospel that honors forward and upward spiritual direction brothers and sisters.
Coordinator of Lay Leadership
Prayer for Reflection
Heavenly Father, thank You that my salvation does not depend on what I do but on what Christ did for me on the cross. May I continue to live my Christian life by faith and help me not to add or give power to confusion in my Christian life. It is not works of the flesh that can keep me saved. It is all by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ. To Him be all praise and glory. Amen.
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