Daily Devotional Bible Verse
Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? (Galatians 3:2-3 ESV)
Have you ever heard a person described as someone who forgot where they came from or had forgotten their roots? This type of person usually doesn’t give credit to those in their life who aided in getting them to where they presently are. Maybe they came from a small farming town and now live in the big city and don’t want to get their hands dirty. It might be neglecting a friend or mentor who poured into them, and act as if they made it through life alone. This doesn’t just happen outside the church, but inside the church as well.
Paul was dealing with the church in Galatia that was forgetting where they had come from. They were starting to follow the Jewish teachers who were teaching that Christians had to obey the Law of Moses, observe religious festivals, and follow dietary restrictions just like the Israelites did. They had forgotten that they were saved by faith alone through God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8). This is something that we must always remember as followers of Jesus Christ and never stray from our roots. The grace of God is the essence of our walk with Jesus. We can do nothing on our own to earn his favor. As years of putting our faith in Jesus alone go by, we tend to forget this and focus on our deeds instead of the work of Jesus. Let it not be so with you.
Remember that you were saved by faith through God’s grace today.