This morning as I was reading from The Message, by Eugene Petterson, I came to Galatians 3 and loved how Petterson penned the exhortation of verses 1-4:
“You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough. Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!”
Ya know, sometimes we just need someone to say to us, “You crazy Jill! Did someone put a hex on you?????
Uh, yep, yep they did….the flesh, the world, & Satan are my personal “hexers.” They are yours too.
So, the next time you feel guilty and want to beat yourself up when you:
-yell at your 2 year old b/c she spread her diaper contents everywhere,
-fight with your husband over finances,
-don’t have a quiet time, hold on to your time selfishly, look for comfort in all the wrong places, mentally unkindly judge another, long for others’ respect, admiration or recognition,
Use Galatians 3:1 to startle you back into God’s reality of “It is finished!” Say out loud, “You crazy girl!! Don’t walk in the path of those lies. Run to Him: the author AND perfecter (finisher) of our faith!! Go and live in your forgiveness and love that was bought at such an enormous price and in such a unimaginable way…God on a cross.