I know that May can be a CRAZY busy month for a lot of folks. I’m praying for you all!!
- How and when can “being a good Christian” actually be worshiping Satan?
- What do Gracious Priestly Relationships actually look like (i.e., “Being a Christian friend.”)?
- What is the one thing God cares about/is interested in most about you?
These are 3 of the questions that arise out of and are answered by the text we will consider this Sunday and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions. Take some time to consider them and read, reflect, and meditate on Galatians 4:8-20. As you do so, I commend the following two insights (slightly adapted) from Martin Luther’s 1520, Treatise on Good Works & John Stott’s Commentary on Galatians.
“All those who . . . do not in all their works . . . trust in God’s favor, grace and good-will, but rather seek His favor in other things or in themselves, do not keep this First Commandment, but actually practice real idolatry, even if they were to do the works of all the other Commandments. If we doubt or do not believe that God is gracious to us and is pleased with us, or if we presumptuously expect to please Him through our works, then our compliance with the law is all pure deception, outwardly honoring God, but inwardly setting up self as a false savior. “Martin Luther.
“How can a bondage to the law be called a bondage to evil spirits or false gods? What Paul means is that the devil took this good thing (the law) and twisted it to his own evil purpose, in order to enslave men and women.” John Stott.
I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.
Yours in Christ’s love,