Today you should read: Galatians 4:8-20
I have been trying to teach my 1 and a half year old daughter Noel some basic things for a little while now. Some of things I have been trying to teach her are to be careful, to wait and to be nice. Many times I feel like I am talking to a brick wall. She has gotten to the point where she knows the phrases and repeats them, sometimes with attitude, but she hasn’t yet learned what they mean for her. If you are a parent reading this or work with kids you definitely know the feeling. Paul knew the feeling too.
Paul was a great missionary who started many of the first churches ever so he clearly was dealing with spiritual “babies”. He constantly would tell them what they should and shouldn’t do and that they were free from the burdens of the law because o what Christ did. Our passage today is Paul trying to reason with the baby Christians in Galatia that are being swayed by some false teachers back to a life under the slavery of the Jewish laws. Paul spent so much time as a teacher and example to them about how they can live in freedom from this slavery but they apparently haven’t quite got it. He reminds them of what he has taught them and of the joy and peace that came with living in that freedom. He also airs a little frustration towards them as well.
Again, if you have kids you know this all too well but I think all of us have someone in our lives that, even thought they know what is right to, we are constantly having to lead them back to the right path or correct them in their wrong doing. Know that you are not alone in this. We all have this in our lives, including Paul.
Maybe you aren’t Paul in this passage but you are the Galatians. If that is you, let me encourage you to live in freedom and to walk in God’s ways. Don’t return to whatever it is that used to enslave you. “ it is for freedom that Christ has set us free” and “if Christ has set you free, you are free indeed”. Don’t let sin enslave you again.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd