“I marvel that ye are so soon removed FROM HIM that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel” (Galatians 1:6).
The Galatians were not simply drifting from the grace of God; they were drifting from the God of grace. They were replacing their liberty in Christ for a legalism based upon men’s opinions. They had become infatuated with their teachers, rather than with the Teacher. In other words, they were a lot like us. They were becoming distracted and because of it, they were beginning to drift from God. As one author wrote:
Christians have made the gospel about so many things—things other than Christ. But Jesus Christ is the gravitational pull that brings everything together and gives it meaning. Without Him, all things lose their value. They are but detached pieces floating around in space. That includes your life. It is all too possible to emphasize a spiritual truth, value, virtue, or gift, yet miss Christ, who is Himself the embodiment and incarnation of all of these things. Seek Christ, embrace Christ, know Christ, and you will have touched Him who is Life. And in Him reside all truth, values, virtues, and gifts, in living color. Beauty has its meaning in the beauty of Christ. Only in Him do we find all that makes us lovely and lovable.
It is good for us to keep in mind that the gospel is not simply a way to get people to heaven, it is a way to get people to God. If we don’t understand this truth our Christian experience will be shallow at best! As one pastor and author noted:
Today-as in every generation-it is stunning to watch the shift away from God as the all-satisfying gift of God’s love. It is stunning how seldom God himself is proclaimed as the greatest gift of the gospel. But the Bible teaches that the best and final gift of God’s love is the enjoyment of God’s beauty. … The critical question for our generation-and for every generation-is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there? And the question for Christian leaders is: Do we preach and teach and lead in such a way that people are prepared to hear that question without responding with a resounding, NO!
Powerful words right there!
I think most of us can attest to the fact that we easily get distracted and find ourselves drifting. Yes, our hearts are prone to wander. As the song writer reminds us, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” I think most of us, if we were honest, would have to admit that we often leave our first love [Revelation 2:4], and find ourselves clinging on to someone or something else.
“For My people have committed two evils; the have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13).
Thankfully, our tendency to wander from God is matched by God’s willingness to pursue us!!!
Oh Lord, help me to find my greatest satisfaction not in accomplishments, accolades, activities, and all that this world, even the religious world, has to offer; but help me to find my satisfaction in You!
Just taking a few moments to reflect!