by Rev Joel Yong
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.
Paul was writing to the Galatian church and warning them not to try and justify themselves by undergoing the Jewish rite of circumcision.
He was saying to them, “Christ is enough!”
There is no need to further obey such observances to get us to be accepted as the people of God.
Indeed the Son has set us free and we are free indeed.
But there are those of us, who enter again into chains of bondage when we try to find our identity through other means, such as seeking approval from people, from the achievements we can accomplish, or from the accumulated stuff we have.
Friends, we may not be choosing circumcision like the church in Galatia but we are still trying to find our identity through means other than Christ!
In so doing, we may walk free and be declared righteous in Christ but we put ourselves in shackles!
I say this because you are never free, when who you are- depends on what your friends, and family thinks of you.
You are never free, when who you are-depends on the accomplishments you have, and the list of titles you have.
You are never free, when what you own gives status and meaning to who you are.
We ought to be a people who are first and foremost, the people redeemed by Christ and adopted as sons and daughters of God.
It is from this place of security in knowing who we are, that we live out our God-given identities and destinies.
And none of these are higher or lower than the other because all are servants of God with an equal place at His table.