You ran well…
Galatians 5:7-9 (NKJV)
7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
Paul the apostle is addressing the believers in Galatia.
‘You ran well’ he reminds them.
Followers of Christ have a personal relationship with Him – through prayer.
And all Christians at some point in their experience will fail to ‘run well’.
Shortcomings will ‘take over’, to hinder the race they are called to run.
The conscientious, must quickly return to their advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the righteous. (I John 2/1)
The whole epistle to the Galatians should be greatly appreciated by all believers. As it warns us of the dangers of falling into legalism and dead religion.
In a nutshell the problem is that the believer ends up with their eyes totally on themselves and no longer on The Lord Jesus.
I’ve been there, and can smell – a mile away – the grave clothes of legalism resulting in morbid introspection, a sense of constant failure, and the curse of the law. (Gal. 3/10-13)
In my early Christian walk, I too went through a period of bewitchment (Gal. 3/1). But Jesus set me free again!
Paul talks here of ‘persuasion’.
They, the Galatians, were persuaded and drawn-away from the true gospel. They had a form of godliness, but where not experiencing the presence of The Holy Spirit as they should.
That’s why, Paul asks them this question in a later chapter:
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?
God wants us to simply believe and act on our belief, in humility and adoration of the King of kings.
Always returning to communion with the lover of our souls.
I suppose we all run our race, at a different pace than fellow Christians.
At times we all become spiritually lethargic and need a fresh spiritual impetus.
We must never forget and always act upon God’s offered acceptance and forgiveness in The Saviour.
He is exactly what He says He is. And His mercy endures forever.
To arrest an advertising slogan – (God is) and does exactly what it says on the tin.
Be encouraged to take Him at His word and act upon it!
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.