Slave To The World

Galatians 4:8-9

Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Paul is writing about the worldly and the spiritual, and how we allow the world to dictate our lives.

…when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

This verse is written in the past tense, but rewrite it in the present tense, and you can see how timeless these words can be.

When you do not know God, you are slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

How true is that?

We are slaves to worldly things and ideas. Most of our life is spent making a better life for ourselves and our families.  Although it is a noble thing to do, we are primarily chasing worldly gods.  We chase false gods that make our lives more comfortable and easier.

Most of us spend at least eight hours a day, five days a week, chasing worldly comforts. There is nothing wrong with that.  But do we even spend half as much time improving our spiritual well-being? I know I don’t.  I’m just as guilty as anyone else

Just like the Galatians, we have our moments when we discover God’s presence in our hearts and want to do more with our spirit.  But the allure of worldly comforts becomes too enticing and we slip back into slaving for the task master, the world.

Not allowing worldly things and desires to take over our lives is a very difficult discipline.  I fail at it every day.  We must be vigilant.

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