GALATIANS‬ ‭4:12-20‬‬‬

“Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to live as I do in freedom from these things, for I have become like you Gentiles—free from those laws. You did not mistreat me when I first preached to you. Surely you remember that I was sick when I first brought you the Good News. But even though my condition tempted you to reject me, you did not despise me or turn me away. No, you took me in and cared for me as though I were an angel from God or even Christ Jesus himself. Where is that joyful and grateful spirit you felt then? I am sure you would have taken out your own eyes and given them to me if it had been possible. Have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth? Those false teachers are so eager to win your favor, but their intentions are not good. They are trying to shut you off from me so that you will pay attention only to them. If someone is eager to do good things for you, that’s all right; but let them do it all the time, not just when I’m with you. Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives. I wish I were with you right now so I could change my tone. But at this distance I don’t know how else to help you.”

Galatians‬ ‭4:12-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Often, as believers, we go through a second choice of commitment after salvation. For many, this leads to a closer connection with God that is deepened beyond the initial honeymoon phase of sanctification. But truthfully, sanctification is hard. Once we move past this phase of infatuation, we begin the real work of changing the nuances of our sinful mentalities and behaviors. Many become disenfranchised at this moment. This is part of why we are told to count the cost of following Christ. If we don’t, then we can run the risk of commuting the same types of sins in Galatia that were saddening to Paul. The Galatians sincerity, mixed with a lack of commitment to radical change left them open to false teaching and alienation from their mentor. In today’s Christianity, this is exactly the fracture point that has inspired the trend of deconstruction. Paul’s cure for this is clear and bold admonishment to return to relationship by finding a deeper understanding, not built on feeling but fact.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.

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