Reading through Galatians this morning, there is no doubt Paul is dealing with something in this group that causes him to be incredibly harsh quickly. What he sees is a moving away from the gospel and he is impelled to warn them.
We have these tendencies. For the Galatians, it was a move back into the works of the Law. With any of us, it is a move back into the old system, whatever that may have been. Or, it is a move into something that seems to “make more sense.” Whatever the reason, Galatians serves as a guard.
Are we following our own desires… or the desires of the Kingdom? Whose allegiance are we pledging?
You irrational Galatians! Who put a spell on you? Jesus Christ was put on display as crucified before your eyes! 2 I just want to know this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the Law or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so irrational? After you started with the Spirit, are you now finishing up with your own human effort? (Gal. 3:1-3, CEB)
The temptation to finish up what Christ has started in our own effort is huge. We step in and want to help Jesus out. We know better than the New Testament writers. We just can’t resist putting in our own two cents. There are all kinds of reasons.
We need to be purposeful in our walk with Christ. It is HIS Kingdom… not ours.