Attitude Check | Galatians 6:7
Galatians 6:7 | ESV [This Week’s Passage: Galatians 6:1-10]
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked…
Mike’s Authorized Version (MAV)
Wait a minute. Did I just see you rolling your eyes? Do I hear you muttering, “Puh-leeeze”? Don’t kid yourselves. This is serious business. You’re actually thinking of thumbing your nose at God? God will not be messed with like that!
“Don’t be deceived, God is not mocked.” Timothy Keller observes that “don’t be deceived” captures the essence of the entire letter of Galatians. The whole thing is about them not allowing themselves to be pulled off course, which clearly had happened with many of them. Now the question is would they be too smug in their own new “epiphany” of law and circumcision to receive Paul’s reminder and instruction through the letter? Paul had just stressed how those who are taught should bless their teachers. Across the miles, Paul senses from many only the “blessing” of their eyes rolling and their noses being lifted in defiant scorn. We’ve all been teens, so we are familiar with the attitude and motion (we have to have teens to fully appreciate it from the spectator’s standpoint). And we’re all human so we’re still familiar with it frequently when it comes to our response to authority and to God. There is very little you can do with someone who is rolling their eyes. Scornful pride is not teachable soil. “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” is a frequent refrain in Scripture. It fits nicely with Paul’s statement here. And so we are provided with the enlightening opportunity for an attitude check (notice how we love giving this to others?): are our eyes open expectantly, waiting to receive and respond/change/adapt accordingly? Or are they rolling at the very thought we even need to listen or change anything? Wait a minute; did I just see you rolling your eyes?
Are your eyes open with the expectation of receiving, of learning something new, something that could be a total “gamechanger” for you? Where does such adventurous humility come from?
Spirit of God, break through the walls of my smug pride and self-inflated assurance. Puncture me! And then lead me to that place where I may sit at the feet of the One Who Knows, so I may know as I am known. Through Jesus.
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