"But now, since you know God, or rather have become known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elements? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?" Galatians 4:9
Justification is a funny thing. God calls us to Himself, and often we tend to run to Him, only to eventually drift back into the things that are weak and worthless. When this happens, we tend to say that Christ isn’t enough. What we would consider freedom, in a worldly sense, is bondage.
Why do you think we turn back to things that we previously ran from? How do we keep from doing that? Sometimes our sin is comfortable. Satan is a smooth, sneaky being who can make us believe that our sin and weak and worthless elements are more comfortable and frankly easier than resisting the desires of the flesh and this world. While it may seem easier, are these things worth it? Jesus never promised us a smooth ride, however, He did promise a life of abundance.
Jesus spells it out when He says, “A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance” (John 10:10). The things Satan promises kill, steal, and destroy. They kill our souls, they steal our peace, they destroy our relationships. Jesus, however, promises a life of abundance. This life isn’t one of material abundance, but rather, the abundance of Christ Himself. If we allow Christ to live through us, His love motivates us. To live the abundant life Christ promises is so much better than the weak and worthless elements of the world. If you find yourself falling and turning back, remember that abundance in Christ is freedom, and freedom in the world is bondage.
Father, forgive me when I have turned my back on You and looked to the weak and worthless elements of the world. Show me things that are not of You, that I may be enslaved to and help me to break free. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Is there sin in your life that you are comfortable in? Ask God to help you to remain focused on Him and praise Him this week that you are known by Him, and you have life abundant through Christ.
About the Author
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.