Thursday July 26, 2018
8 Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. 9 So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? 10 You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years. 11 I fear for you. Perhaps all my hard work with you was for nothing. 12 Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to live as I do in freedom from these things, for I have become like you Gentiles—free from those laws.
The title of this section in chapter four is “Paul’s Concern for the Galatians”. Paul genuinely cares for these places he is visiting. Everything he does is for a purpose. He is reminding the people of Galatia of their past to help them realize what they are doing now is not right.
An idol is something that is worshipped as a God. Idolatry is a scary thing. The reason it is scary is because sometimes we don’t even realize we idolize things. Whether it be school, a sport, a person, we have all made something an idol at some point in our life. It’s something that consumes us. Our time. Our money. Our heart. Everything is set on this idol and a lot of times we don’t realize it until God takes it away.
My sophomore year of college was a hard year for me. I had a solid freshman year playing baseball and was set to be a starter heading into the season. A good summer and fall season had me excited and confident heading into the spring. When I say I had the worst start you can have to a baseball season, I am not exaggerating. I struck out every at bat the first game. The second game. The third game. Holy cow, I was in the dumps. Baseball had always been so easy. I was taken out of the lineup the fourth game and didn’t see much game time the rest of the year (for obvious reasons). Baseball had always come easy to be. I had always started, always played, always succeeded, and now it was gone. God helped me realize baseball was an idol in my life. I put my joy and happiness into whether I had a good practice or game that day. Baseball is a sport of failure and I was in the midst of a lot of it.
I am thankful for that season in my life. Through my sophomore year I learned what kind of teammate I was, what kind of person I was, and who I needed to put my hope and joy in. Jesus. Jesus is the only thing that gives us consistent joy.
The difference between true joy and happiness is that joy is everlasting, while happiness is only temporary. Choose Jesus, and I promise your life will change.
What am I putting before Jesus in my life?
How can I start to worship Him more?
Dear Lord, help us to see the things we put before you and make an intentional effort to change for your glory. Amen.
Have a great day!