“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 ESV)
In Galatians 4:21-28, Paul is making the argument that the Galatians are no longer under the law (subject to slavery), but under grace (free). The church at Galatia had struggled with adding requirements, rules and regulations to the gospel. They said Jesus + a list of things must be done in order to earn God’s acceptance and approval. This is a dangerous, slippery slope that we all wrestle with. Being accepted completely by God based solely on the work of Jesus seems too easy so we naturally want to add some qualifiers to it. But, that distorts the beauty of the gospel and enslaves those who adhere to it! You can tell if you are living with a law oriented faith if you believe that God’s approval, acceptance and affection is based on your behavior or performance. Behavior modification does not set you free to pursue an intimate relationship with the Creator of the universe!
It is for freedom that Christ has set you free! What is freedom? Freedom is doing exactly what you want to do and it being what God wills for you. This is a condition of the heart – our behaviors are only symptomatic indicators to what is going on inside. Rules and formulas have never liberated the heart to love and obey God. Only grace sets our hearts free. Let us reflect upon the greatness of how a holy, perfect & sovereign God would make a way for rebellious, wicked & weak creatures to be reconciled with Him. We are justified (made right before God) and adopted as His children because of the atoning work of Jesus. Dwell on the fact that you are not worthy, but He made the prevision for you and your heart will begin the be set free.