Needed – A Good Slap in the Face

 

I have been reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians, and it is a timely and appropriate reminder of how quick it is to get back into the routines of finding our satisfaction in the things of this world as opposed to Christ.  In Galatians 3: 1-3 Paul writes, “You foolish Galatians!  Who has bewitched you?  Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.  I would like to learn just one thing from you:  Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?  Are you so foolish?  After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?”  When I read this, it was like a slap in the face.  Paul is speaking directly to me and to all of us.  What has bewitched me:  Money, creature comforts, power, and the other things of this world?  Have I so quickly forgotten Christ’s sacrifice on my behalf?  It is so easy to do in a world that praises wealth, stuff, and power.  It is easy to do when we turn on the TV every night only to see our fellow man making statements that demonize others.  But that is not who I am called to be.  That is not who we are called to be.  We are God’s children.  We are the body of Christ.  The things that this world praises can bewitch us into forgetting whose we are.  For me, that is why it is so important to try and remain diligent about spending time in the Word.  I need to be slapped in the face sometimes to remind me that I do not value the things that this world values, that I believe in a risen Savior and that through Him I am saved and free to spread His love to others who need it.  Consider this, have you drifted a little since Easter?  Have you fallen back into the “worldly norm?”  If so, find some time to read the Scriptures, pray, and remember whose you are and the ransom that it required to redeem you.  Sometimes, we all just need a good slap in the face – like the one delivered by Paul – to get back to center.

 

G. Grant Greenwood