“See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.”
Galatians 6:11-15 NKJV
We are living in a time when there is tendency to point to one’s performance as a measure of deeper spirituality. There is a problem with this, as there of is one person on Sunday, and yet another the rest of the week.
I once was on of those, seeking the glory due God for myself. As God has brought correction into my life, He has taught me to only glory in the cross.
Paul had disabilities, thorns that reminded him of his total reliance on God. There were those in the church at Galatia who were bent on doing this that they felt would make them seem more holy. They circumcised members; seeking keep the law, though they were under grace.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
Jesus did the work for us.
In my diminished capacity, I am exceedingly aware of the glory of the cross, because I could do nothing on my own.
As events transpire in our world, there can be a sense of hopelessness. But we
Know that we have a great God that is doing great things, some of which we cannot see.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Romans 8:28-30 NKJV
He called us.
When I consider all that I have done, all that I was in my past before Jesus, I am humbled and amazed.
Brothers and sisters, let us glory in the cross, and not the works of the flesh. God sees us as we are, and Jesus went to cross for us even as we were sinners.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
Romans 5:5 NKJV
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
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