"What happened to this sense of being blessed you had?” (Galatians 4:15, HCSB).
In the book of Galatians, Paul writes to his dear friends, asking them how they could have been led astray. They were “running the race” so well, but then they let some false doctrine seep in (5:7). They started to believe more in legality, then in the price Christ paid for all of their sins. “What happened to this sense of being blessed you had?” Paul asks the people. How could you have forgotten all that Christ has done?
But aren’t we often the same way? Don’t we, too, get caught up in the legalism of life, in being a good Christian, doing the right things, paying the bills, helping the poor, keeping the house and kids in order, that we forget the only thing that really matters: Jesus? We start to get caught up in our own goodness, forgetting that goodness never gets us to heaven, only Christ does that.
It seems silly that I would forget, but I do. Days can be so busy, so tiring, that I forget to spend time with my Jesus. I get caught up in the works of this life, and neglect to spend time in prayer, at the foot of the cross. It's as if I think that I can get to heaven without Him. I don't, not really, but my actions don't back this up. While Jesus should be my first priority, He often ends up being my last.
On Monday, my husband and I decided to start setting an alarm, just for devotional time in the morning. Our daughter has been waking up super early, now that it’s summer, so our devotional time was at a zero. And so, an even earlier alarm was needed, a reminder to get up and spend time at the foot of the cross. Because we need that time every day. It’s those early morning moments that keep us centered. Centered on Christ. Those minutes, first thing in the morning, give us a better attitude, a better sense of purpose, and daily reminder of all the ways we’ve truly been blessed.
Because I don't want to forget everything that Christ has done for me. I don't want to be like the Galatians, who lost their focus and were completely led astray by false doctrine.
I don't want to lose my sense of being blessed.
But in order to feel blessed, the fruit of the spirit has to be present.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control only come when my heart is right, when I'm giving each day to my Savior, the way I should (5:22-23).
I've noticed that, when I'm focused on Him, I am a lot more self-controlled, I do have a lot more patience and kindness with those around me. The love of God is more prevalent in my life. It's amazing, the difference 30 minutes first thing in the morning makes.
Life really is more blessed when my heart is where it should be.