Like many people, I like to do things myself. I take pride in knowing that I’ve accomplished something. I like knowing that I can be self-sufficient. Because of this, the whole “credit where credit is due” concept has never been easy for me. The other day I was reading in Galatians, and something stuck out to me that I think is often overlooked:
“But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?” Galatians 4:9 NIV
I want to draw your attention to the phrase “or rather are known by God.” It’s almost as if Paul went, “oh in case you didn’t know, it’s actually like this.”
I read this and stopped in my tracks. How often must we be reminded that God is our reason for everything, not the other way around. It’s not because of anything that we did. We aren’t saved by our own works; we don’t know God because we decided we wanted to. God first knew us, and because of this we are able to know Him. I read this and was taken back, as I often am while studying scripture.
Everything I have and everything I am was made possible by God’s incredible grace. My ability to know and love God, my ability to know and love people – all possible because of the grace that He continues to pour out on me every day.
My hope is that we keep this in the forefront of our minds. That while we may think we’re great – God is greater still. All of our accomplishments, everything that we have, is credited to Him. Let’s not soon forget how humbling and awe-inspiring His grace is.
Caroline Victoria Mills