2020-05-23 - Our Joy
Galatians 4:15 (NIV) What has happened to all your joy?
In the book of Galatians, Paul was writing the church that he had founded on his first missionary journey. The early believers were wavering from what Paul had taught them, by insisting that new believers abide by certain legalistic rites. Some Galatians were even questioning Paul’s authority as an apostle.
Paul responded to these concerns by sending a letter to the Galatians. He explained that what matters is faith in Jesus Christ, not legalistic works. He also talked about the importance of obedience that comes from this faith.
Paul asked a great question of the Galatians saying, ”What has happened to all your joy?“ When Paul was with the Galatians in person, they welcomed him and the Good News of the Gospel, but after he left, the Galatians had strayed from Paul’s teachings and added new manmade requirements. Paul wanted them to remember the joy that they originally experienced.
How is it for us today? Are we still experiencing the joy of the Good News of Jesus and other things that make us joyful each day? Or have we gotten bogged down in rules and technicalities, or temporary difficulties (like some being impatient over the pandemic)? Like the Galatians, have we lost our joy?
I encourage you to look back at your faith journey. Think about the steps along the way. We all stumble and fall. But we know that we are on the right path. Reclaim your joy.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.