What I’m Learning in Galatians

“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” Galatians 2:21

For the last few weeks this verse has been ringing through my mind. I am continually asking, “How often do I live like I believe Christ died for no purpose?” That is a strong question. 

The Lord has been at work ripping my heart open and highlighting my tendencies of trusting the law rather than Christ. I am one of those people who kind of loves the law of the Old Testament. It is a rule book of how I could win based on what I can do. But in that mindset, I am totally trusting in myself and what I am capable of accomplishing. 

I want to get things right. I want to make people proud. Failing at something hits at the core of my being because I have this desire to stake my worth and value on what I am able to accomplish, that people will love me or not based on whether I get it right or wrong. 

All of that leads to this game of me constantly trying to measure up. I want to do things right for God so that he will love and accept me. As much as I do believe that we receive salvation and forgiveness of our sins in and through Jesus alone, there are many days where I try to do my part in helping him out on that. But that’s not how it works. I am able to do nothing to save myself. But when I try, I live as though Christ died for no purpose. 

This is a battle I have been fighting in my faith for as long as I can remember. One of the things about walking through life with Christ that I often forget is that we don’t just learn a lesson or understand a piece of truth for the first time and then instantaneously get it right for the rest of our lives. I have been learning about this piece of my journey for years…but the point is I’m still learning. 

Over the last four weeks the Holy Spirit has been at work {again} on this part of my faith that seems like an unending plague. The ironic part of it is that each time the Spirit reveals an area of my life that I am relying on my works rather than trusting God, the enemy twists it to, “You aren’t doing a good enough job.” As the Spirit invites me into letting go of the things I try to {but cannot} control, the enemy seeks to interrupt and keep me in my continual cycle of trying my hardest to make God happy. 

Galatians is filled with beautiful truths of God’s grace that completely tear apart my desires to earn God’s love and forgiveness. For me, the Spirit has continued to bring this question of “am I living as though Christ died for no purpose?”

I ask the question when…

  • I’m at work
  • Sending an email
  • Opening my Bible
  • Responding to a harsh word
  • Picking up a piece of trash
  • Serving my parents
  • Sacrificing my time 

So many times when I ask myself the question mid scenario, I’m already walking in a works based view of my faith rather than trusting in the almighty God who invites me to come as I am. The loving Father who loves me in spite of my inability to get everything right. He is always faithful. Always gracious. 

The question is not one of condemnation, but identifying areas where we can let go of what we are trying to do on our own because God has already won the battle (John 16:33). 

Have you ever asked yourself the question? I want to challenge you to try it this week and ask the Spirit to reveal the truth of Galatians 2:21 in your life. How often do I live like I believe Christ died for no purpose? Join with me in the challenge this week! - Becca