Those people are zealous to win you over, but for no good. What they want is to alienate you from us, so that you may have zeal for them. Galatians 4:17
Most people want everyone else to be on their side. They do not want to be set apart as different and become isolated.
In order to gain everyone’s approval, they will either change their ways to fit in with everyone else, or they will have extreme zeal to get everyone to change to their ways. More often they are fighting to get everyone else to change. Very few people want to change themselves.
After describing some people who were zealous for following the law of God, but not the Spirit of God, Paul says that those people are zealous to win the believers over. They want to separate them from true believers in God to have zeal for them and their ways.
Throughout the church there are many people who focus upon the legal laws of God. They focus on what they should do or not do and impose those laws upon others legalistically. Focus is put on how to dress, what can be done and not done, how much they pray or read the Bible, what day they go to church and many more laws, rather than the heart of service to God and for God.
Jesus had not come to enforce more legal laws upon the people, but to change the heart to love God and want to serve and obey Him. He had fulfilled the law of God, so that anyone who had faith in Him could be saved.
Stepping back into focusing on the law, destroys what Jesus did on the cross. Every believer must have salvation by faith in Jesus, not by following the law.
There will be some who will tell you what you can and cannot do in order to be saved. Doing or not doing things does not save you. Salvation is only by belief in the work of Jesus.
The works that you do are to be done out of love and thankfulness of what Jesus has already done for you. Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the zeal of following the law and separating yourself from a true follow of Jesus.
Be zealous for believing Jesus and following Jesus. Be zealous to obey God because of what He has done.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did for you; that you will serve God out of love for what He has done; that you will be zealous for a relationship with God; and that God will keep you from being led astray.