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To my friends and family members: I hope you will read this and that it speaks to your heart.
From Joanna Weaver’s Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart:
“I didn’t realize how much I longed for God until that dark night I cried out to hear the good news. Although I had served Him since I was a child, there was a devastating emptiness about my relationship with my heavenly Father. I had worked and worked to please Him, yet I couldn’t feel his love.
The Galatians knew that same kind of emptiness. They had accepted Christ as Savior and thrived under Paul’s’ teaching and care. But when Paul left Galatia, the Judaizers moved in, telling them they still had a long way to go before they could enjoy true closeness to God. These were Jewish Christians who believed that the ceremonial practices of the Old Testament—including circumcision—were still binding upon the New Testament church.
Paul sent a wake-up letter to his beloved church in Galatia. He called the Judaizers’ gospel slavery, and he added, “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?…After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” (Galatians 3:1,3).
If we aren’t careful, we can fall prey to the same kind of lies the Galatians fell for—lies that tell us that we must perform in order to earn God’s love. We can add so many requirements to our faith that the “one thing” is swallowed by the “many”, and the “best” is obliterated by the “good”.
The thing we must understand is that God did not choose us to “use” us. We are not spiritual Oompa-Loompas in some cosmic chocolate factory, working night and day to churn out a smoother, better-tasting Christianity.
No, the Bible makes it clear that God created us because He longs to have fellowship with us.
What does God desire? He want you. All of you.”
—Having a Mary Heart
Taken from her book “At the Feet of Jesus” by Joanna Weaver pg 207.