Happy Friday. It’s March 10, 2023. Today, we start the book of Galatians. In the first chapter, a scripture stood out for me that might be for you too. It tells me what God is looking for and reveals a promise that when He finds it, He will be pleased to give us what others only hope for. Read on …
Deuteronomy 13,14,15; Galatians 1
“But when He who had set me apart, even from my mother’s womb, and called me through His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles …” (Galatians 1:15-16)
Solomon tried it and failed. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day tried and failed. I tried too, and failed until I realized I couldn’t get into heaven … head first.
In order to know God, we must ask for revelation! It won’t come through education, instruction, or scientific discovery. It comes through revelation. However, that will only occur with those to whom God is pleased to reveal Himself.
So how do we get there?
Paul mentioned that God was pleased to reveal Jesus in him so that he might preach to the Gentiles. I’m just now beginning to see how important this is!
“But God was pleased to reveal Jesus in me…”
I am beginning to realize that a pleasing life is the initial prerequisite.
What does it take to present a life that is pleasing to Him?
Several hints show up in the Scriptures. One of the most important is found in Hebrews: “Without faith, it is impossible to please God for those who come to Him must believe that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” -Heb. 11:6
There it is! I must be a diligent seeker - an avid pursuer, a hungry student, devoted and enthusiastic. Knowing Jesus cannot be a ho-hum pastime, a hobby, a class assignment, or a duty. It has to be a passion!
To these, God reveals Jesus!
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled” -Mt. 5:6
Lord God, be pleased to reveal Jesus in me. Whatever I must do, whatever price I must pay, I willingly say a resounding, “Yes!” Be pleased to reveal Jesus in me so that I might preach to the Gentiles!