This week the Pastor continued through Galatians with a stop in Gal 5:1-15. Once again Paul had to address the people as they listened to teachers proclaiming circumcision was still necessary to please and be saved by God. He reminded them that if they adhere to one part of the Law, they are obligated to comply to the whole Law. He then admonished the Galatians to live according to the freedom given to them through Christ. This admonishment has to be taken to heart today just as it needed to be back then.
Today, we are still subject to the same proclivity to follow rules and regulations for our salvation - even though we can never keep any of them - in order to feel better about ourselves.
Standing firm does not mean we dig our heels in and work harder, do better, and so on and so forth. Standing firm means we are to be solid and immovable in our resolute belief in what Jesus did for us.
God did not choose us in proportion to our current or potential future physical, emotional, or spiritual greatness. He chose us purely on the basis of His love for us, regardless of our current or future condition. We stand firm in the truth that all of our shame was put on Jesus and that His righteousness was put upon us. Believing and standing firm in the story of Jesus provides for us what the Law demands of us. When we get the truth of what Jesus did for us settled in our hearts and minds, we can stand firm in the midst of the chaos around us and through the turmoil that tries to distract us internally.