Galatians 1:6 (NKJV)
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel.
Think about the scene here… These people were only a few years (well like 50 maybe) removed from seeing Jesus walk through the local towns, from hearing stories of miraculous healing, from hearing Him speak with such authority, yet here they are turning away from their Savior. A very sad situation here indeed.
A Little Closer To Home
We can look at this verse and wonder how they could ever turn away after experiencing Jesus this way. It would have been very possible that the people Paul is speaking to would have experienced Christ firsthand. It is very easy for us to question their faith and compare how we would have reacted. We, of course, would have never turned away if we had that type of firsthand experience with the Lord, or would we?
What does your Sunday look like? Do you go to church on most Sundays? Many of us do. Whether we go in the morning, afternoon, or at night, most of us attend church at some point on Sunday. If this is the case, we have the opportunity to experience Christ every weekend. We can judge the Galatians here, but does our life look that different? I can walk out of service absolutely on fire for the Lord, ready to run through a brick wall for Him. What does Thursday look like? By Thursday are you still on fire? How about Wednesday? Tuesday? Monday? Sunday at 8:15? The point is this, we can leave church on fire and instantly turn away from everything we just experienced. How sad is that?
James 4:8 reminds us that when we draw close to the Lord, He draws near to us. If we experience a turning away from the Lord, that is a problem with the condition of our heart, not His! To combat this we have to make sure we are drawing close to Him. Drawing close to Him is the only way to avoid falling away.
Our heart has a propensity to wander. No matter what we experience on a daily basis, our flesh desires to turn away. As soon as we are aware of this, we must turn back with our whole heart towards the grace of Christ. If you feel distant today, turn back, the Lord will be right there waiting for you!
Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”