Galatians 5:1-15; Lamentations 5; Psalm 147
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1)
Freedom in Christ is almost a cliché in some circles. We use that phrase, but often don’t understand its full meaning. As Paul wrote to the Galatian Church, much of what he had taught about freedom in Christ was under attack. In addition to the attacks coming from outside the church, the attacks from inside the church were increasing. The major attack dealt with the need to follow the Old Testament Law. Whether following the Law was promoted as necessary step to coming to Christ or whether it was promoted as the way to grow in Christ after conversion, the entanglement of the Law was being pushed on Christians. The outward sign that a person was following the Law was circumcision and Paul taught against that vehemently. As Christians we have freedom in Christ! We are not to be entangled by the old ways! In today’s world we would include, “we are not to be entangled in the ‘new ways.’” We do not come to our relationship with God by following Jesus and doing something else. We do not grow in our relationship to Christ by our own means. We come to our relationship with God by committing our lives to Jesus. We grow, by committing our lives to Jesus. We let God’s Spirit guide us. Our lives and our actions should show our commitment to God through Jesus Christ. Our obedience is to the Spirit of God who is at work in us; not to a rigid set of rules and instructions nor the expectations of our society. We are free to live as God wants us to live.
Lord, how easy it is to live when I have a set of rules and regulations to live by. I know whether I did right or wrong. You haven’t called me to an easy life, though. You’ve called me to follow You in a crazy mixed up world. Let my life show others my commitment to you each and every moment.