Paul describes his second visit to Jerusalem. He went to Jerusalem because of a revelation. He took Titus along and explains what he was teaching in the Gentile world. They encounter false teachers. Amidst controversies with people in Jerusalem trying to understand Paul’s teachings, he stands firm in the faith. He proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ – the announcement that Jesus is the crucified and resurrected Lord.
Is everyone who claims the name, “Christ follower” one family? Paul seems to desire this to be so. How is this true today? How is it untrue? What does the name you claim (e.g., disciple, Christ follower, Jesus follower, etc.) say about your relationship with Christ?
Division still exists in the world. Some want legalism, some want liberty, some are looking for a compromise, and still others are looking for something different entirely. What could happen if grace is our guide? What challenges come your way when you embody grace? Today, seek to embody the gospel of grace.
Lord Jesus, I draw near to you, grateful for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you for teaching me, for challenging me, for inviting me to deepen my faith even as I reach out in love and service to others. I am called to follow you, Lord. Unite me with my brothers and sisters in Christ to fulfill your mission and live as faithful witnesses of your grace. Amen.
In the evening, reflect on the following: How did you embody grace today? Was it a challenge?
Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.
If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.