The life of freedom is also risky and full of adventure

Galatians 4:21-31 is a complicated passage.

The first time I read it, I took a lot of my own baggage into it, and quite frankly came out feeling very defensive for the Arab people.

One of the spiritual disciplines is to meditate on scripture.  We need to meditate on scripture so that it becomes a part of us.  We also meditate on scripture so that the Holy Spirit can open it up to us, sort truth from our own stuff and help us interpret scripture correctly.

Why don’t we want to live like Hagar?  Because Hagar had her son by Abraham.  She had all the responsibilities of a wife and mother, but none of the rights.  Instead, she still bore all the responsibilities of a slave.  If we try to serve God through a system of rules, we heap on ourselves a system of responsibilities that is unending with none of the freedoms.

Why do we want to fashion our life after Sarah?  She had to wait years for the desires of her heart to be fulfilled.  She had to watch while her slave got in a night what she had hoped and tried for and failed.  She had to wait for God to move.  She got the child of promise.  She had the rights, responsibilities and freedom of relationship.

Relationship is risky – it is a life of waiting, yearning and adventure.  Jesus said:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

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One Response to “The life of freedom is also risky and full of adventure”

  1. rosie flathers Says:

    Very well said Kim. We want to live like Sarah, but the waiting and hardship confuses us. It is in the hard times, the pain, the suffering, the waiting, the labor that God forges our character. Not only does God craft us out of the fire of life but He introduces Himself to us little by little. As time goes by if we are listening and watching we look back and see that we have fallen in love with the creator of the universe who also created in us a new heart. We get a new heart that hears Him clearly, feels his presence with intense joy, so we look for Him in every circumstance, because we k now and love Him.

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