Daily Reflection: Finding Our Feet | Galatians 2:15-16
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We were born Jewish insiders, you and I, meticulously avoiding any contagious contact with outsider Gentile sinners – but now we have realized that no human being receives his whole, healed, and upright standing before God in this world by the faithful keeping of religion’s rules. This only comes through the faithful, perfect doing and dying of Jesus the Messiah. So that’s where we’ve put our trust: we’re banking on the Messiah, Jesus, so that we can experience God’s vindication and find our feet before him because of his faithful doing and dying and not because of any religious/moral performance we can claim. Seeking God’s approval through religious performance and moral living is a dead end. No one finds their feet there. No one. Galatians 2:15-16 | MAV
Righteousness is one of those big hairy religious words that perhaps alienates and intimidates us more than it helps us. We can find ourselves dripping with inadequacy before it. At its heart, righteousness speaks of God’s vindication. As N.T. Wright summarizes in his book Justification, the Bible is the unfolding of God’s “single-plan-through-Israel-to-bless-the-world.” The problem is, Israel failed. That’s really the whole point of the entire Old Testament narrative. But Christ didn’t fail. Israel proved faithless. But Christ, the Israelite par excellence (you really can’t out-Jewish Jesus!), proved faithful. And because of Jesus’ faithfulness in his perfect doing and dying, God has vindicated Jesus (which is why he raised him from the dead), and thereby vindicated the plan, Israel, the world, you, me. And so we finally have found our feet in and before God. That’s the heart of righteousness. Our healed, whole, and upright stand before God in the world. And it’s a done deal in Christ. It’s our dynamic launching pad into the wide-eyed adventure of life. Any other path, particularly that of our adherence to a system of religious performance and moral living, is a dead end. Perhaps righteousness isn’t such a scary word after all.
To what extent would you say you have “found your feet” before God? In what ways do you feel like you are still stuck in the cul-de-sac of religion? Where in your life do you feel you are cruising down the path of a full, realized acceptance by God? How can we experience more of the cruising and less of the cul-de-sac?
Lord, help me to find my feet in you today. Help me to stay on my feet in you! Keep me out of the dead end cul-de-sacs I encounter today. Through Jesus.
Sometime this week, read Galatians again in one sitting.
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