FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
SCRIPTURE: GALATIANS 4:8-20
BY: Josh Boles
As we dive into today’s portion of Galatians 4, we are continuing in the theme of being heirs with Christ. In these verses Paul is expressing concern for the ways the Gentiles are living. He is also concerned with how quickly they abandon their faith and move on to false doctrine.
In verse 8 he talks about the time when they did not know God, when they were not heirs. Before we are in Christ, we are slaves to our sins, but when we receive Christ we are no longer bound to our sins. Just as Paul is asking the Galatians, recount your past. Think of the time before you came to Jesus. Is your life drastically different now then it was then? It should be.
But now that we have come to know God how could we ever turn our backs on him and return to our former ways. This is what Paul is saying in verse 9. I love how he does not just imply that we should know God, but that He also knows us. This implies a relationship. I know who Justin Bieber is, but he does not know who I am therefore we do not have a relationship, thankfully. Relationships require work. The better the relationship is, the more likely there is a constant stream of communication and development.
Moving on to verse 12 we find something very interesting here. If you remember much about Paul, he would have grown up in the Jewish education system. He would have been HIGHLY educated and would have had the majority if not all of the Torah memorized. That is the first 5 books of the Bible. Before Christ he was a man of the law. He was filthy rich, and had a lot of power. He traded all that to become a servant for Christ. He died to his bondage to the Law. That is what Paul is saying here. He is free from the law and is now alive for the glory of Christ, so we should be also.
Paul kind of sums all of this up in verse 18 by saying, “It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose.” This is followed by just the opposite, to be made much of, but for no good purpose. So here is the question. Are you being used for the Glory of God? or are you being used for no good purpose? Christians should be in a constant state of evaluation. We should always be in constant communion with God repenting of our sins, and growing closer to him. Be encouraged!