“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. “
Galatians 1: 3-5, NIV
In a letter from Paul to the churches in the region of Galatia, churches were struggling to live by a pure faith.
In this passage, Paul’s salutation, we learn the very purpose for which Jesus saved us, “That He might deliver us out of this present evil age.” The Greek word for church is ecclesia. It means “the assembly of the called-out ones.” Has it ever occurred to you that when Jesus saved you from sin, he was not calling you to Himself? He was calling you out of the world.
Those of us who profess to believe in Jesus are called to stand out. We are, indeed, a breed apart. That is why the Bible is so rich with instructions about how to live. When we follow Jesus we are informed, inspired, and empowered to love our spouses more selflessly. We attend to our children more sacrificially. We are generous with time and money. We work and laugh harder and with greater joy. We love those forsaken by others. We do not gossip or lie. We are circumspect with regard to what we say, watch, think, listen to, and read.
Jesus did not save you and leave you alone. You do not have to go back to just fitting in with this sad, lost world. He has something much better in mind for you.
The Galatian believers had ironically reverted back to being religious. They were religious before they met Jesus and now, having been saved from meaningless, legalistic piety, they were back to their old tricks.
QUESTION: What about you? Have you gone back to some of that old life that Jesus died to free you from? What can you do today to reaffirm your dependence on the grace that first made you… a breed apart?