In this meditation on Galatians 5:1, we make a surprising discovery about true freedom. Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set … (visit YouTube for more)
We meditate today on Galatians, chapter five, verse one: For freedom, Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. What yoke of slavery is Paul talking about? Well, this verse comes in the middle of a couple of dialogues about the law, about the code of living, the code of conduct that was vital and essential to the Jewish way of life. And for them to surrender that, in some ways, was for them to surrender what they thought of as their identity: to be free. And Paul does not want them to fall back into these old practices, these old thought processes. And what does that look like for us today? Where are we drawing our identity?
Is it from the particular church community that we’re members of? Is it the world of work in which we live? Is it our function within the home? These don’t define us.
The practices that we feel that we must conform to, that society tells us, that we must look a certain way, sound a certain way, think certain things, these are all, when we come under them, a yoke of slavery. For freedom, Christ has set us free. Free to believe the truth.
We must stand firm, keep our eyes fixed on God’s truth, remain rooted in his word, and not fall back into this slavish way of thinking about life. Lord, I thank you that you have revealed to us the truth. You have revealed to us freedom, and that’s the way you wish us to live. Free to be your children. We are so grateful.