Galatians 6: Glory in God
At the end of his letter to the Galatians, Paul gets down to the final point about where we really should find our value.
Gal 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
Gal 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Paul recognized that our value did not come from our works. Our glory comes from God rather than our works. To be honest, that is a really good thing. It can be hard for us to recognize this however. We like cause-and-effect. We like the idea that if I do so many good things, I am going to get a certain amount of glory because I earned it.
However, that’s not how God seems to be working here whatsoever. Any glory we have is a direct result of what God has done for us. That’s it. All of our works ultimately don’t count for very much because our true value comes from the fact that Jesus Christ was willing to lay down His life for us.
When you think about it though, it seems to me that we are actually very valuable then. After all, when someone makes a large sacrifice for me, I recognize that they must really value me. If Jesus Christ was willing to die for us, He must really value us.
That’s the point that then really matters. If we find our value anywhere else, we’re going to be disappointed. If we find our value in what God has done for us, it seems to me that we will find satisfaction.