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It Is All About God

All About God{Galatians 1:1-5; NLT}
1 This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead.2 All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia.3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 4 Jesus 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. 5 All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

Even though these 5 verses only form the introduction to the book of Galatians they provide us with some very important information about who God is and the life He created us to live. This isn’t new information, especially if you have been following Jesus for awhile, but we do need be reminded of these truths from time to time.

  1.  God has a call on our lives. In the very first verse we discover that Paul has a special calling on his life. God had set him apart to be an apostle of Jesus. The Church didn’t set Paul apart for this mission; God did. God may not have placed such a high calling on our lives, but you can rest assured God has a place for us in His Kingdom. He has called us to be holy, Paul says that we are to be God’s ambassadors in this world, and Peter says we are to be a kingdom of priests. When we follow Jesus God puts a call on our lives to help build His Kingdom. Our tasks will look different, but we are all working towards the same goal.
  2. The Church is one big family. In the second verse Paul told the Galatians that “the brothers and sisters” who were with Paul approved of the letter he sent to them. Part of Paul’s intention was to remind the Galatians that they were not the only Christians in the world. They did not stand alone! That is so important for us to remember. We are not following Jesus all by ourselves. At times it can feel like we are all alone, but the reality is that there are “brothers and sisters” spread all around the world. We stand together as one big family and that is a very comforting thought.
  3. God extends grace and peace. Sin is nothing less than rebellion against God and His Kingdom. When we sin we declare that we have sided with the Enemy in his futile attempt to displace God. In verse three Paul asked God to extend grace and peace to the Galatians. Rather than getting what they deserve because of sin Paul wanted them to experience God’s unconditional love, kindness, and mercy. Rather than living in fear and guilt Paul wanted them to experience the serenity of God’s acceptance and forgiveness. God desires to extend His grace and peace to all who seek it though repentance. We can have grace and peace if we surrender our lives to God.
  4. The cost of our salvation is Jesus. The grace and peace that God gives to us through salvation is a costly thing. Paul reminded the Galatians in verse four that salvation came at the expense of Jesus’ life. Jesus left the comforts of Heaven, lived a hard life as a man, and died criminal’s death so we could be set free. What a wonderful and glorious reality that is! It should help us to remember how important our salvation and holiness is to God. He did not spare any expense in order to redeem His lost creation.
  5. It is God’s will that we are saved. Salvation was not something that happened by accident. It wasn’t even something God did grudgingly. God desired that we be saved and so He created and executed a plan to make salvation possible. Paul wrote in the last part of verse four that God had planned our rescue from sin and this evil world. It is for this reason, Paul continues to write in verse five, that God is worthy of our eternal praise. If God does nothing else for us except to save us from sin He would still deserve all the worship we could give Him.

These are five basic truths, but they are truths that we need to remember. The reason is because they all bring our focus back to God. In life it is so easy to get distracted and to put our focus on the circumstances of our lives, and in the process forget what God has done, and is doing, in our lives. Every once in a while we need to be reminded of the reality that life is all about God.

Questions to Consider:

  •   Which of these five truths did you need be reminded of today?
  •   What circumstance or situation in your life is distracting you from God?
  •   Has God reminded you of a basic truth recently that you would like to share?

 

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4 Comments

  1. The very first one is my constant reminder. Simply because everything that I go through can some days cloud my view and this is the reminder that I repeat all the time to snap me back. Nothing now is blocking me from God, but for years, selfishness, addiction to companionship, fear. I had many things block me for years and now I am focused, clear and moving forward with Christ all the way. God has reminded me through Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, saith the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future…This is my constant reminder as well along with Rom 8:28

    Love the new site by the way

  2. Thanks Drae for stopping by the new blog. I agree that remembering that God has a call on our lives, and therefore we have a purpose for our existence, is an encouraging truth to remember. The one that has stuck with me is the last one. God is worthy of my worship because He has rescued me from this sinful world. He doesn’t have to keep proving Himself over and over again. God deserves my praise.

  3. I needed to be reminded that Gods sacrifice through Jesus is an act of pure selflessness; that Jesus gave everything he had to the point that they took his life which he could have prevented. By that very act of uncompromising love I know I can succeed in changing the areas of my life that I’m selfish, because God shows me, that there is nothing more important than helping your fellow man.

  4. Good thought Bass. Those are things we all need to remember.

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