May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything: what counts is the new creation. Galatians 6:14-15
In this letter to the Galatians, Paul uses large letters and even pens the letter in his own handwriting. He did this because his message was so important for them. The people of Galatia thought that they would be pleasing to God by following the former laws and jumping through enough hoops. Paul tells them that regardless of their outward appearance and actions, it doesn't matter. He states that what truly matters to God is faith in His son Jesus's death and resurrection on the cross. It is through faith in Jesus and this one simple truth that we are saved from the inside out, where it does count.
Too many of us get caught up in all the rules and regulations of being a Christian. The plain and simple truth is that when we are "born again" all the legalistic laws lose their power over us. It is through Jesus Christ and Him alone that we have been set free!!!! That is the best news ever!!! We need to stop concerning ourselves so much with our outside appearance and focus on what has and is still happening in us. We are new creations, we are being changed and transformed by the power of the cross of Jesus Christ . Therefore, we are not to boast about ourselves or our accomplishments, but rather, we should boast about the love, power and saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your one and only son Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice for us. It is only through Jesus that atonement for our sins is possible and we are truly grateful. Lord Jesus, thank You for the ultimate sacrifice by dying such a horrendous and brutal death to take away our sins. Thank You that through Your blood we have become white as snow. Lord, I pray that You would help us to live a life worthy of You, and that we would live it as a thanksgiving offering to You. In Your precious name Jesus, amen.
Leslie Young, Response Team | White Oak Campus