“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.” Galatians 1:6
Paul has written to the churches in Galatia having found they are departing from the gospel of Christ to the distorted gospel of men.
Our lives are like a 24-hour news cycle. Everything rushes through at breakneck speed unless we deliberately set out to hold onto it. That is what I must do with the gospel of Christ. It is a truth that can’t be seen or felt but is experienced in the inner heart.
It is so easy to create a gospel for ourselves that pleases our flesh — that gives leeway to live out our earthly desires anyway we please. We let our minds and hearts be easily seduced by false truths until we have distorted the gospel of Christ into a gospel of lies. Slowly, slowly, it happens. I forget what God has done in my life — those powerful moments of transformation.
Jesus practiced and modeled perfect love for me. He gave up his life on the cross – enduring public humiliation, betrayal, disbelief and horrible physical pain before he finally said, “It is finished.”
His love endured through to the end when he said, “Forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing.” He bore and forgave my sin.
Three days later those who loved him found him resurrected from the grave. Their hearts filled with joy as his resurrection confirmed once and for all his sonship.
His life, love and sacrifice are a model for me in my own resurrection and transformation.
It’s my deep, heartfelt, spiritual belief in this gospel and God’s love for me that makes me ready and pliable for change. Something supernatural has happened within me … I am believing the unbelievable — but an unstoppable, determined Spirit-led faith has overtaken me — convincing me this is all true. It is not based in my worldview but is a deepdown belief in my spirit.
I read and believe God’s word and it begins to transform my life. I see his tangible handiwork — his meeting of my biggest and smallest needs, his orchestration of relationships bringing people, friends and mentors into my life at the time I most need them and above all, his gift of his peace during times of stress and trial. His works in my life — are too many to count. He continually surprises me. He makes me brave. He makes me believe.
But unless I write these down and continually remember — these experiences are fleeting. The fall away in memory to become part of my distant past — sweet and exciting though they were at the time. My mind is like a 24-hour news cycle.
I must set up my experiences with God as monuments of stone like Joshua and the Israelites did.
“Those twelve stones which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. He said to the sons of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, ‘What are these stones?’ then you shall inform your children, saying, ‘Israel crossed this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed, just as the Lord your God had done to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed; that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.” Joshua 4:20-24
I must never forget my experiences with God made possible through his gospel. I must operate through spiritual awareness instead of through my worldly lens. I must slow down.
I must not be swayed by what I see, feel, by people.
He is with me continually — Spirit to spirit. We abide together. It is his gospel I remember and believe.