God our father: Galatians 1.1-5

Paul, an apostle … (my apostleship doesn’t derive from human sources, nor did it come through a human being; it came through Jesus the Messiah, and God the father who raised him from the dead) … and the family who are with me; to the churches of Galatia. Grace to you and peace from God our father and Jesus the Messiah, our Lord, who gave himself for our sins, to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of God our father, to whom be glory to the ages of ages. Amen. (Galatians 1.1-5 KNT)

Stop for a minute and ask yourself this question: if we believe we have a real and vital relationship with God, to whom do we owe that blessing?

Do we owe it to ourselves, earned on the basis of our own grit or goodness? “No,” says Paul, for it came by God’s own “grace” which resulted in a “rescue” mission to save us.

Do we owe it to chance, luck, or good fortune? Again, Paul says “No,” for our relationship with him came as a deliberate result of “the will of God.” It did not come to us perchance, but per Christ.

Do we owe it to the heritage of our birth? Not at all, for Paul says – three times, no less – that it isn’t a matter of our having Abraham as our Father, but a result of having “God” as “our Father.”

No, this much is crystal clear to all whose faith is truly in Jesus the Messiah, our Lord: all of the “glory to the ages of ages” belongs to the living God who, as surely as he breathed life into his Son while he was in the grave, breathes a relationship of “peace” between us and himself.

God my father, I owe all that is good to you. And so, each day you give me life, may I be not only quick to remember such, but eager to declare and demonstrate that to all, in the name of the Lord Jesus. So be it.