March 13: freedom (Deuteronomy 22-24; Galatians 4)

I don’t know if this works for you but as I was reading Galatians I thought of instant coffee. Maybe it was because it was early and with the shift to Daylight Saving’s Time, it felt especially early. But there was a time in life when my coffee consumption consisted of instant. It was quick and easy – not so tasty, but I did not know that then. But then I was introduced to brewed coffee from beans freshly ground. It took more time. I had to wait longer for my coffee, and it cost more. But today, I don’t want it any other way. I don’t want to go back even if it will save time and money.

I don’t know if that is really a fair analogy. But Paul is asking why they would want to go back to a life and a faith controlled by laws after they have tasted freedom in Christ. Maybe they thought freedom was too good to be true. It may be easier to rule your life by racial identity, geographical or tribal allegiances, or the demands of money, sex and power. But is it better – really?

So you are no longer slaves, but God’s children; and since you are his children, he has made you also heirs. (Galatians 4:7) It may be harder to follow the God revealed in Jesus Christ and to learn true freedom and to live in the fellowship of other followers. But once you have tasted this new way, can you really go back to the old way?

God has acted. We have tasted. It is too good not to be true.

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