April 2, 2015

Today you should read: Galatians 6:11-18

Paul closes out the letter to the Galatians with an accusation and an exhortation which we would do well to heed.

The accusation was that the false teachers were more concerned about getting people to follow their ways in order to receive accolades from others and from God.  Verses 12-13 says they desired to have men circumcised so that they may boast about it.

In verse 14, Paul said he never wanted to boast about anything other than the cross of Christ.  In this he exhorts the reader to consider that it’s the cross of Christ who provides the only source of rescue and they can never take credit for others being rescued.  It’s Christ alone who rescues so boast in Him and what He has done.

When it comes to sharing the gospel, discipling believers, ministering to kids, serving students, etc., may we never be accused of doing it for our own gain.  May we never be accused of doing ministry and trying to reach people for Christ in order to get another “notch in our belts.”  When our ministry becomes about personal gain and accolades, we’ve missed the point.

As we consider our personal ministries, let’s be quick to remember the cross of Christ, depend on His ability to save, and simply boast in what He has done and is doing in our midst.  If someone places their faith in Christ or takes a step forward in becoming a true disciple of Christ, beware of the temptation to take the credit.  Instead, follow the exhortation to boast in Christ and praise Him.

In closing, I pray you will experience Paul’s blessing from verse 18 today and in your ministry:  “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren.  Amen.” When we experience and know the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout our day, our hearts will overflow with a desire to make Him known and give all praise to Him.

Posted by: Rich Duffield

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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