Daily Reflection: Let’s Rewind: You B.C. | Galatians 4:8-9
Okay, let’s rewind. You before Christ. You before God. A life lived in slavery to things that are only “gods” at best – nothing real, nothing of divine beauty in them whatsoever. All a religious sideshow, right? Flash back to the present. Now you know God! Or, better, now you know that he has known and embraced you all along and rescued you from the sideshow. Galatians 4:8-9 | MAV
The 13th century Farsi-speaking poet Rumi’s ruminations on “the one necessary thing” seem quite fitting to lay along side today’s text:
There is one thing in this world which you must never forget to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there is nothing to worry about, but if you remember everything else and forget this, then you will have done nothing in your life. It is as if a king has sent you to some country to do a task, and you perform a hundred other services, but not the one he sent you to do. So human beings come to this world to do particular work. That work is the purpose, and each is specific to the person. If you don’t do it, it’s as though a knife of the finest tempering were nailed into a wall to hang things on. For a penny an iron nail could be bought to serve for that. Remember the deep root of your being, the presence of your lord. Give your life to the one who already owns your breath and your moments. If you don’t, you will be like the one who takes a precious dagger and hammers it into his kitchen wall for a peg to hold his dipper gourd. You will be wasting valuable keeness and foolishly ignoring your dignity and your purpose.
Paul could have addressed this to the Galatians. We can address it to ourselves. Before Christ we are as “a knife of the finest tempering” functioning at the level of a penny nail, enslaved to things that are only “gods” at best, pounded into the wall of the world. The Good News is Christ has rescued us from all religious and cultural sideshows and showed us the God who has embraced us and our world all along. Finding such purpose and beauty, how could we go back to any sideshow?
What current sideshow attractions do you need to walk away from?
Lord, give me grace to see and embrace the one necessary thing. Give me grace to see you, to embrace you, to know that you have seen me, and, turning away from all would-be sideshow attractions, to embrace Life.
As suggested in Sunday’s teaching, you can read and reflect each day this week on our new identity in Christ as set forth by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 1 (particularly verses 3-14).
For all of this week’s resources on Galatians including this week’s DG video on Galatians, check out the Vineyard website.