Just because I might look like a famous chef does not mean I can actually cook!
A few years ago I convinced myself I was skilful enough to cast aside the recipe and add my own flavours to the meal as I went.
It all started off ok, but as I veered further away from the recipe, a taste test confirmed I’d stayed too far from the original and my efforts ended in a complete kitchen disaster!
There are very few people who can successfully veer away from a recipe carefully crafted by an expert chef. Casting aside a recipe almost guarantees a culinary disaster with the only result being a kitchen sink full of dirty dishes.
While we will always strive for improvement, the truth is that veering away from the tried and true method will more often than not result in all kinds of disaster.
The church in Galatia began with the tried and true recipe of grace. It was the grace of God that forgave people of their sin and restored them back to relationship with God, not the promise of moral or spiritual perfection.
But a few leaders in the church began adding their own flavours, insisting that it wasn’t only grace, but other things that were needed to complete the work of salvation.
Paul was absolutely livid, as this kind of teaching lent itself to resulting in a complete kitchen disaster for the church:
‘After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?’ (3:4)
After beginning their walk with grace, they decided to finish by adding their own flavours in the mix. But Paul reminded them that this dangerous addition was not part of the original recipe:
‘[Did] God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?’ – Galatians 3:5 (NIV)
It was only grace that allowed them to receive the Holy Spirit, and not the works of the law.
When it comes to your relationship with God, never veer from the original. It was only by grace back then, and it is only by grace now that you can be forgiven and receive the power of the Holy Spirit to live the adventure God has for every one of us!
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