Jul 30, 2017

Devotion - 30 July - No Longer Slaves

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin. We continue a multi-sermon series on Galatians that will run through the summer.
Epistle Reading- Galatians 4:8-20
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11 I am afraid I may have labored over you in vain.
12 Brothers, I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong. 13 You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, 14 and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. 15 What then has become of your blessedness? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth 17 They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. 18 It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you, 19 my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! 20 I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you
Devotion: No Longer Slaves
Our sermon today stated with a backstory: that is when Paul first came to Galatia to start their church, they were largely Pagan. Their homes contained idols for worship of multiple “Gods”. Paul was able to convert them to Christianity but with Paul’s departure they are slowly being convinced by the Judaizers to start obeying Mosaic Law [see v 10] to be a “real” Christian. Their idols are not figurines now but they are still becoming slaves to Laws created by man. Are there idols in our lives, something in our life besides our gracious God that we simply can’t do without? Can you think about that this week? Take a hard look and see if you are a slave to something. If something seems to out prioritize your relationship with God, and it worries you, you likely are trending the wrong way. Maybe a little walk and talk with God this week is what you need to free yourself. He wants you back! He provides freedom if you will accept it. Prayers on your week!

We pray: “Lord help me accept the freedom that you personally offer me. Amen”