In Sunday school for the past few weeks, we have been studying Galatians. I love Galatians a lot. The book includes so much that hits on issues that we must deal with daily. Most strikingly, Galatians reminds me to walk by faith instead of trying to work for my faith.
This week, Sam, our esteemed professor, brought us to the beginning of Galatians 4. Today, we are going to zone in on one verse, but the others are left for context.
6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11 I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.
Verse 9 is what really stuck out to me because it is such a helpful verse for anyone struggling with anything.
Which is all of us.
Why would we want to be oppressed, bound up by, enslaved, captured, restricted and constrained by sin – the very thing that separates us from God? Especially why choose this when not only do we know God, but he knows us. Think about that. Is it not overwhelming that the Creator of Everything knows everything about you and me?
This verse is a great reminder for me and hopefully you to not let something keep us from being free in the freedom of Christ’s resurrection.
I challenge you (and I will, too) to write this verse and put it somewhere you can see it every morning. The verse will remind you that we cannot start our day off by letting our struggles confine us.
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