Galatians 4:23-27 Until the time when we were mature enough to respond freely in faith to the living God, we were carefully surrounded and protected by the Mosaic law. The law was like those Greek tutors, with which you are familiar, who escort children to school and protect them from danger or distraction, making sure the children will really get to the place they set out for. But now you have arrived at your destination: By faith in Christ you are in direct relationship with God. Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe—Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise.
It seems we have everything upside down and backwards from His Kingdom. What if instead of teaching our children and youth to be independent and self-sufficient — We protected them from the danger of distraction UNTIL they arrived at their destination of a relationship with Christ. A relationship being the goal of our lives instead of worldly wares.
I understand this is nothing we can force, but it something we can nurture. Each person will have to make this choice into relationship and into dependence in Christ on their own, BUT as Christ’s Church we can keep bringing each other back to what is truly Good. We can Live for Him who is Perfectly Good.
What a different focus! Paul also writes to Galatia to help them understand the motivation of the broken world: They want to shut you out of the free world of God’s grace so that you will always depend on them for approval and direction, making them feel important. -Galatians 4:17
The world’s intentions are not Good. They can’t be because only God is Good. A world that rejects God is broken, with broken intentions.
Lord, there are so many distractions, let your Holy Spirit fill us so that we may keep our focus and dependence in You alone. Open our eyes so that we can see the world for what it is and see You for Who you are. Amen.