In Galatians 2:1-10, we find Paul on his way to meet with “those esteemed as leaders”. He was concerned the gospel was being twisted and would cause division in the church. Let’s focus on verse 6, “As for those who were held in high esteem – whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism – they added nothing to my message.”
Did you see it? The reminder Paul gave us for today: Nothing matters but Jesus! When we stand before God, our status, job title, reputation or accomplishments don’t do anything for us. We don’t impress God. What does? That we are in Christ! Today’s culture constantly bombards us with the temptation to believe we need Jesus plus something in order to be accepted by God. That simple belief is not enough. I struggled for years believing somehow I was doing the “Christian life” wrong, disappointing God. In reality, I had lost the truth of the gospel and believed a lie that robbed me of the freedom I had received in Christ. I hope you get it…we will never be able to gain God’s approval through anything other than belief in what Jesus has done for us. The cross was the final verdict in establishing the way for us to be made right with God.
JESUS + NOTHING = EVERYTHING