Let us fix our eyes on the true meaning of that about which God calls us to boast. We boast only in the death, the power of the cross, the triumph of Jesus Christ. Adherence to the law is irrelevant; it does not buy us life or salvation. It is through Christ alone we live.
The religious amongst the Galatians were mistaking the point of the gospel – focussing on their appearance and neglecting the poor and needy. God ordains that we reap where we sow. They were sowing self-centredness and self-righteousness – the deep desires of the flesh. That, Paul says will result in a harvest of corruption.
Rather, a generous spirit, an open-handedness with that which we have received from God after all, will produce a harvest of blessing and righteousness. Paul enjoins us to work hard, to do good to all. Not because we are motivated by a personal increase, in our reward – that would put us back in the first position, the greedy self-reliance. No, we are to be motivated by love – love for God first and for others second.
The apostle Paul says we are to help one another, to bear each other’s burdens. We help each other deal with sin (their ‘trangression’, verse 1).
At the same time, we must keep guard on our minds, not becoming jealous of someone else’s gift or position, not trying to become them. We only need to be the person God calls us to be. We only need to become like Jesus – and that is not our struggle; it is the work of the Holy Spirit.