Paul asks the Galatians another question as he tries to change their hearts: “Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law or by hearing with faith? He adds “just as Abraham believed God, and was counted to him as righteousness – meaning Abraham had right standing with God. Martin Luther said this about Abraham, “He was justified and saved. Not because he left his country, his relatives, his father’s house; not because he was circumcised; not because he was ready to sacrifice his own son. Abraham was justified because he believed. The example of Abraham was important because the other Christians who were born as Jews were pushing a works based relationship with God. They claimed Abraham as their spiritual ancestor. Paul could not have made it clearer for the Galatians. It is just as clear for each of us today. Are you trying – even in a small way - to earn your blessing from God or will you have faith, as Abraham did, and receive blessing from him?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your love and grace. Thank you for blessing us. Thank you for the example of Abraham. Help us today chose to rest in the grace you have given and not think for one second that it is something we can earn.