Scripture to reflect upon for Thirsty Thursday: Galatians 5:4
You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ;
you have fallen away from grace.
Our whole lives we believe our sin causes us to fall from grace, but little do we realize that it is our sin that brings us directly to the Source of grace.
I don’t know about you, but I’m thirsty for more! My soul is parched from this idea that my efforts will make me closer to God, when in fact, all it does is turn me further away from Him. This scripture proves to me that every time I try to “do” something to win God’s favor, I’ve fallen from grace. Here we are, thinking we are doing what we’re supposed to do, because it’s what we’re told to do, and instead of receiving the desired result, we fall away from the grace of God.
Our sin is the main factor for God’s grace. Our mistakes, our failures, our past, our crimes…covered under grace. The only thing NOT covered by grace is trying to justify our relationship with Jesus by adhering to the law. Our obedience to the law alienates us from Christ! Alienates us!!
Listen closely. You have got to start reading scripture through the eyes of grace! You will quickly discover everything you thought you knew to be true is untrue, and all you believed has been a lie. We need to live in the absolute Truth, which is the fact that Christ fulfilled the law. It is finished. Scriptures tell us that we are not righteous by anything we do or don’t do, but we are righteous merely by our faith (Romans 4).
“And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:3).
“For the law was given to Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).
“I have not come to abolish [the law] but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17).
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
NOTE TO SELF: Prevent yourself from falling from grace and adhere to the Truth of grace instead of trying to earn it. When Jesus said, "It is finished," He was speaking of fulfilling the law so that we may now be entirely covered under grace and mercy. Let that quench your thirsty soul today.