Monday, November 5th


O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? - Galatians 3:1-3

Dear Jesus, when I stare at your cross and ponder what it all means I lose myself.  If I tried my hardest to earn such love I would be embarrassingly foolish.  It would only cheapen the gift to try to earn it after it was given.  I am freed by your love there on the cross but I am also enslaved by the thought that you suffered death and hell for me.  Today, I will serve you without any fear because I know I am yours by that one finished, catastrophic act of love.  The fact that you forgave already all the many embarrassing things I have thought, said or done is the most attractive part of your cross.  It is the only thing that helps me live them down.  I am yours Jesus because you are mine.  AMEN

"If you obey for a thousand years, you're no more accepted than when you first believed." - Paul David Tripp