Don't Fence God In

Daily reading: Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29
Friday June 2, 2017

Galatians 3:23-28
23 Before faith came, we were guarded under the Law, locked up until faith that was coming would be revealed, 24 so that the Law became our custodian until Christ so that we might be made righteous by faith.

25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian.
26 You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Paul cautions the budding communities in Galatia not to allow restrictions to be placed on God’s wide welcome.  Don’t fence God in.  Why would you, Paul wonders, because grace is so unbelievably freeing.  Paul has been awakened by the Holy Spirit and realizes that he cannot earn God’s favor, in fact he doesn’t need to earn it, it has been freely given to him through the faithfulness of Christ.  He no longer has to strive to prove himself, rather he has received the unconditional love of God.  And he has seen how it has not only transformed his life, but how it is transforming communities. 

Grace teaches us not to fence God in.
Grace teaches us that we don’t have to protect God.
Grace teaches us to embrace this gift freely given and allow it to change us from the inside out.

Prayer: Gracious God, allow me to be open to your unconditional love.  May it fill me so that my life is altered and I am able to see the world through your grace filled lens.  May Christ be before me, behind me, to my right and left and be my guide today.  Amen.


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