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This is a part of the 7 Minutes a Day Series. It might be helpful to scroll to the bottom and see previous portions of Galatians we’ve explored.

I have spent nearly 20 years working in missions. In my travels I meet many people who serve with different motivations. Some serve out of a desire to help those pushed down by life and society. Some serve in order to fulfill part of the Great Commission.

Those who are the most miserable on the missions field are those serving out of a sense of guilt or obligation. They begin their commitments with zeal and passion. Then things get tough. Culture shock hits. The converts don’t come rolling in. When this happens, those motivated by guilt respond in different ways.

Sometimes people give up and leave the field (or even their faith) completely. When we serve for the wrong reasons, the mission field will chew us up and spit us out.

This is a part of the 7 Minutes a Day Series. It might be helpful to scroll to the bottom and see previous portions of Galatians we’ve explored.

All children look forward to the day when they no longer have a babysitter. You may have had some incredible times with a sitter, learning fun things, but the moment you are mature enough to stay by yourself is a milestone in any child’s life.

The Jews were telling the Galatians they needed the babysitter of the Law, specifically circumcision. Remember, they said this was the secret to success as a Christian.

Let’s read the passage in Galatians before we go any further……

Galatians 3:15-29(click on this and read the passage. Yes, this is included in the 7 minutes!)

What makes someone spiritual?
How do we evaluate who is a good Christian and who is not?

This is the core issue in the book of Galatians. Paul went in preaching a message of Christ, not culture. The church in Galatia was being tempted to add Jewishness to their faith, and Paul wants none of it.

Try your best to read between the lines of Galatians 3:1-3. 

It’s not too difficult to see Paul’s feelings. He is extremely angry. Nowhere else in Paul’s writings do we see him insulting a church so much! Paul is telling them they started with the Spirit. The beginning of their journey with God was salvation. Salvation was completely an act of God, nothing of themselves. Now they were changing the rules and relying on the flesh.

Why did they trust God to get saved but now trust something physical such as circumcision to be righteous, or pleasing to God?

What cultural things to we impose on other believers as law?

As a missionary working in Africa, I am constantly faced with things people believe the Bible says. They tell me things are this way and it is the truth. Only, they are not in the Bible.

Missionaries, TV preachers, and the internet have promoted certain cultural viewpoints or personal convictions as doctrine in an attempt to disciple people.

This is what Paul is combating in Galatians. The early church was struggling to define Christianity. What activities were required? Did people have to become Jewish in order to be a first century believer?

Galatians 2:1-14(link – click on this and read the passage.)

(If you are coming to this feature on for the first time, it might be helpful to start with the first posts in the study of Galatians. Links are found at the bottom to all other articles in this series.)

Paul’s conversion was a radical one. It has the stuff of a best seller.

Galatians 1:11-24  (Click here to read the passage)

Jesus knocked him off his horse, blinded him, and radically changed his life (Acts 9:1-19). Paul was on his way to persecute believers when God stepped into his path (Acts 7:58 and following). It was such a radical change that everywhere he went, people announced him as the former persecutor who s now preaching the message he tried to destroy(23).


But the biggest transformation was moving from a system of works to one of grace.