Paul wants the Galatians to see that the Gospel demands that our lives be changed from the life of sin we used to live to a life of grace and holiness. ?Look at the change that the Gospel has brought to his own life and then you will be convinced that it has the power to change yours,? he seems to be saying. This is true. We should look at the way the Holy Spirit has worked in the lives of the saints on a regular basis so that we will be encouraged and inspired that there is still hope for us! God has the power to make even little old me holy and useful for His Kingdom. I think that it is a good practice to always have a book of life of a saint by our bedside so that we can read it regularly.
13 You heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it, 14 and progressed in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my race, since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions. 15 But when [God], who from my mother?s womb had set me apart and called me through his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to confer with Kephas and remained with him for fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other of the apostles, only James the brother of the Lord. 20 (As to what I am writing to you, behold, before God, I am not lying.) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was unknown personally to the churches of Judea that are in Christ; 23 they only kept hearing that ?the one who once was persecuting us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.? 24 So they glorified God because of me.
P S A L M
Psalm 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15
R: Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
1 O LORD, you have probed me and you know me; 2 you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. 3 My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar. (R) 13 Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother?s womb. 14 I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works. (R) My soul also you knew full well; 15 nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret, when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth. (R)
G O S P E L
Get it right! Jesus wants us to have a good balance between prayer and service in our lives. Neither of these two should exist without the other. They may take on very different forms at different times in our lives, but they should always be there. Without a balance between the two we will be ineffective for the Gospel. Service without prayer will be without the power of God behind it. And prayer without service will ultimately lead to hypocrisy. Let us try to avoid the two extremes and find the happy and balanced path somewhere in between.
38 He entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. 39 She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. 40 Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, ?Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.? 41 The Lord said to her in reply, ?Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. 42 There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.?
think: Jesus wants us to have a good balance between prayer and service in our lives. Neither of these two should exist without the other.
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