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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!”—Galatians 1:8 (NIV)
What’s our role after receiving salvation? Guess what? It isn’t work . . . It’s worship! That’s it. Nothing else. The apostle Paul was so passionate about this, so unwavering. In Galatians 1:8–9, he basically says that those who preach anything that says Jesus isn’t all you need to be saved, they should be cursed, including an angel—remember, Satan masquerades as an angel of light.
A more literal translation of “let them be under God’s curse” is “let them be damned to hell.” This incited such fury in Paul because only Jesus can save and only Jesus can sustain. And the Galatians had fallen for the Judaizers’ lie of legalism.
The gospel of Jesus is our standard. Any and everything else is, forgive my bluntness, is a lie. And our role in it is to worship Jesus as He gives us everything we need to do everything we’ve been called to. What does this look like? It’s living out the gospel every day, understanding and admitting our weakness every day, and relying on His strength to carry us. Because “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6 NIV).
This is where our power lies! There is power in worshiping God for the strength He gives you. There is power in taking the place of weakness, leaning into His strength, and worshiping Him for it. Remember, it’s not what we do, but what He’s done and is doing. So, praise and worship Him.
Don’t be deceived, there is no other gospel. Jesus is everything. When you drown out all the lies and ignore the voice in your head that says, “It’s all about me,” when you humble yourself and you say, “I am nothing without you, Jesus,” He frees you and gives you the amazing and abundant life that you were born to live and enjoy! When you let go of all pretenses and simply worship Him for who He is, He grabs you by the shoulder and says, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” (John 5:8) because “my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).
So, walk through this world with your heads held high, living and sharing the gospel, because you’re sitting on the shoulders of the Father! Amen?
DIG: Read Galatians 1:1–10.
DISCOVER: What does it look like to rely on God’s strength?
DISPLAY: Worship Him. Embrace your role and honor His role. Today, pray and ask the Lord to carry you. Be vulnerable and acknowledge your weakness in the face of His strength.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.