Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years. I fear for you. Perhaps all my hard work with you was for nothing. 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. Galatians 4:8-12
Stop going back again.
Back to the way of value by effort.
Back to the way of earn it or you won’t be loved.
Don’t go back to a system that loves with conditions and has acceptance that’s based on what you do or say. A love based on the hows of doing and saying.
Why do you want to go back again?
Live in the freedom of what can’t be earned.
Live in the love that can’t be bought.
Live where favor isn’t taken and rules aren’t meant for making you clean or validating that you really are someone—really are good enough.
Because now God knows you.
This is freedom.
This is life as it was meant and what it was created for.
To be known by God. To be valued and understood. To have one—not just any one, but the One—look at us and get it; get us. Look at us and like us. He looks and knows, not just our name, but our heart. And still, even with all the knowing, he likes us.
Not because we do it right and are always getting it the way he wants us to. He knows us, remember? So he knows we don’t always choose well and live rightly. That’s not why he likes—why he loves.
Why would we want to go back?
All that remains there for us is precarious acceptance that is based on our ability to perform. All that is left for us is conditional love and rule based worth. But here lies freedom. Here stands Jesus, accepting without limit and transforming without depending on us to make it happen.
Let us not go back, but let us instead go ever further in to the grace that leads to freedom.