Galatians 2:20-21 – It is no longer I who live but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
Martin Luther once wrote about the letter to the Galatians: "It is my epistle; I have betrothed myself to it; it is my wife." (He must have written this before his marriage to Catherine!) We all have words to which we are wed and which are more precious than life itself. The more I read from Paul's letters the more I realize the wonder of grace in my life and in the life of the world. My old friend and teacher, David Hay, wrote many years ago in the Presbyterian Record, "Some Christians rest their confidence upon their subjective experience of conversion. Presbyterians rest on something much, much stronger — the electing grace of God." And that grace is seeing me through as I struggle toward the meaning and purpose of my life of faith.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the gift of grace that guides us in life. Help us to realize anew that we are what you have made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which you prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Amen.