Live in Liberty

Wendy Pope

Day: 5 | Plan: Christ Alone

Today’s Reading: Galatians 4

Galatians 4:9 (NIV) “But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?”

By faith alone, in Christ alone, we are saved … period … the end. Well, that is how it was meant to be. But since we live in the fallen world, the father of lies lures us to second-guess the simplicity of our liberty. It can’t be that easy. I’ve done too much wrong to be made right without paying my dues. Yes, I can be saved by grace, but I must also do this … that … and the other thing to secure my salvation.

What is happening among believers today is exactly what was happening among the believers in Galatia. The Judaizers were a group of individuals who taught that in order to be truly right with God one should accept the gift of grace offered through Jesus Christ and adhere to the Mosaic Law. A life of legalism was false then, and it’s false now.

Galatian Christians were inclined to believe the lies. They were persuaded to turn back to the miserable forces of the Law and their pagan gods. Paul writes to remind them of the purity and power in the truth that Jesus is enough, by reminding them of the weight and weakness of the Law.

When our faith journey gets tough, it’s easy to fall for the attraction of the Law or a works-based way of thinking: If I work harder for God, then He will answer my prayer or make things smoother for me. We are accustomed to the work = reward mentality. It’s what this world has taught us.

This way of thinking does not align itself with the matchless message of God’s unconditional love and truly free eternal life. Does it mean Christians shouldn’t keep God’s commands? Most certainly not. In keeping God’s commands, we need to live in harmony with this truth: Obedience is a result of our love for God, not from a fear that He won’t love us.

Legalism doesn’t lead us to security in Christ, it leads us from the freedom He died to give. Let’s determine not to be enslaved by the yoke of the Law and lure of the world’s lies any longer. Let’s live in our liberty!

Prayer: Father, the weight of working for Your approval has left me weak. You sent Your Son for me so that I might live on this earth free from the enemy’s lies. Forgive me for falling for his snares. Give me a heart to know You. I want to be saturated with Your truth and live the life Jesus died to give me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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