from the Galatians reading plan
Galatians 4:8-31 | Colossians 2:20-23
Paul is frustrated with the false teachers because they are taking matters into their own hands, adding rules and requirements to being a Christ-follower. The ultimate example of taking matters into one’s own hands is Sarah, who got tired of waiting for God’s promise of a son to be fulfilled. She assumed it was impossible to conceive in her old age, so she arranged for Abraham to have a son with her slave, Hagar (see Gen 16:1-4). It may seem impossible that all we need to do is believe in order to receive salvation and be acceptable before God. But Paul reminds us that we are heirs of Isaac, the child promised by a God who specializes in the impossible.
What “rules” do you sometimes feel you need to follow in order to be a “good Christian?”
How can trying to adhere to certain rules or practices out of obligation, guilt or fear actually stunt our spiritual growth instead of promoting it?
Have you ever seen God show up in your life in an unforgettable way? Look for an opportunity today to share this story with someone else.