Galatians 1 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“Grace to you and peace from G_d the Father and our L_rd Yeshua Ha Moshiach, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present age, according to the will of our G_d and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” Galatians 1:3-5
I love home improvement shows…although cooking shows are becoming my favorites. Most people’s favorite home improvement show is Extreme Makeover-Home Edition. The only problem is that every episode makes me cry!
The show’s producers search out families who have suffered great loss, yet are determined to be survivors. Every time that show ends, my wife and I say, “Man! I wish someone would come over and overhaul our place!!” But in reality, that’s already happened…
Paul reminded the Galatians that Yeshua gave Himself to “rescue us from this present age”. In order to be rescued, people first have to acknowledge they need rescuing. I have never seen the Extreme Makeover crew go into someone’s shack, propose to completely level it and rebuild them a mansion, and the people respond, “No thanks. We’re good.”
That never happens!! When they just see show’s host at the door…before he says a word, people break down and start wailing & thanking Go_! Why? Because they know that hope is on their doorstep. But One greater than a TV host stands at the door of your heart.
“Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20
And what “dinner” is Yeshua speaking of? Is it not the Passover dinner, which remembers the “passing-over” of our sin, atoned for by Messiah’s death on the cross? And wasn’t that atonement approved by the Father, and evidenced by virtue of Yeshua’s resurrection?
Paul says, “according to the will of our G_d and Father” Yeshua has become our ultimate Korban Chatat (sin offering). That means the wrath and judgment of G_d has forever passed over all who receive His atonement.
Do you have the “grace and peace” that comes from G_d, through a saving relationship with His Son, Yeshua? It is G_d’s will that your relationship be restored to Him.
“Today if you hear His voice; do not harden your hearts…” Ps 95: 7-8
Does your life need an "extreme makeover"? Can you hear Him knocking at your heart’s door? Then, surrender your resistance, open the door and let Yeshua in.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Sunday, September 29, 2013