As we continue our study of Galatians this September, we come to a point Paul makes about living as a disciple. We know we come to faith by grace. This means that God has moved toward us, not us toward God. God calls us out of a life of meaninglessness to a life of hope and joy. We didn’t do anything to deserve it and we certainly can’t earn it. He just does it because He has chosen to do it. We have done nothing that forced God’s hand. It’s just pure grace.
Too often we live our lives of faith in such a way that we forget how it all got started. The Gospel needs to be read and re-read in order to get our mind and heart around the importance of never forgetting about the power of that Grace. We need this because of our tendency to live out our lives of faith by law. We add things on to the Gospel. We not only do that for others but we have a tendency to do that ourselves. The results are a fruit of a different gospel. The fruit of this gospel is worry, anxiety and guilt. Like any fruit, they grow naturally from having tacked on something to the Gospel of Grace. If we keep coming back again and again to the truth that we were saved by Grace alone, perhaps we can live more fully into a life of faith lived out by Grace alone. The fruit of this Gospel is peace, joy and love. We come to realize that in our freedom, we have been set free, not just at the beginning of our faith journey but even to the very end of this life!