12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:12-14)
Hidden agendas. Hidden, because the real motives are covered up. Agendas, because they are not by accident, but by design. During this period of the first century some Jewish Christians were trying to compel Gentile converts to be circumcised and keep the law of Moses. Paul says there were hidden agendas embedded within their error. First, their error helped them escape the persecution they would have faced for accepted uncircumcised Gentiles (v. 12). Second, circumcised Gentiles were a chance for them to boast – a “notch in their belt” (v. 13). In contrast, Paul would only boast in the cross of Christ. Conversion to Christ crucifies hidden agendas. A Christian’s motives and conduct are built upon the death of Christ, not upon secret plans that serve selfish desires. Be sure you are following Christ out of a pure heart.