Roller coasters are fun…for some. Some people get on them and grin, some will scream, some get sick, and then there are those who looked bored. The point is that it takes more to excite some than it does others.
The apostle Paul has never struck me as an especially excitable guy. (He would probably have walked past a roller coaster without looking at it twice.) Yet when we read his words to the churches of Galatia, I believe we are seeing him in a state of intensity:
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,” (Galatians 1:6, NKJV).
Paul “marveled.” He was astonished. He was shocked at the behavior of the Galatians, and he was going to let them know about it!
Whether you are excitable or not, please consider these three things from Galatians 1:4 that should make your jaw drop:
One—Jesus gave Himself for our sins. The Son of God gave the ultimate sacrifice for someone else, even knowing that it would be unappreciated by many. Even more astounding is that He didn’t give what belonged to someone else, or even just a portion of what He had, but He gave everything so that we might have life.
Two—He provides deliverance from this present world. Jesus knows that while we must live in this world, we cannot remain in it. While we remain on this Earth, Jesus has provided separation for us. He has made us to be holy, sanctified, separate, His own special people. It is amazing that God is willing to take us with all our imperfections and call us His own.
Three—This was all a part of God’s will. God has always—ALWAYS—had a plan for humanity, and God has been engaged in fulfilling His plan for our salvation since the very beginning. His will for our redemption has been proactive, not reactive.
Much like someone who has ridden a particular roller coaster a hundred times, you may be thinking, “I know all this, and I’ve known it forever.” If this is you, that is great! These are things that the Father and Son have done for us that we ought to well know. But do not let your longterm exposure to the grace of God dull your excitement. Our God is absolutely amazing, and we should never fail to be excited by what He has done.