Consider What You Are Doing (Galatians 4:8-31)

But now that you have come to know God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?”  Gal. 4:9

Could it be possible that human beings, with all the wisdom before us, are not considering what we are doing?  The fact is, we often do many thinks in a day without considering what we are doing.  Allow me to give you and illustration of this:  “I was leaving for work a few days ago, I pulled out of our subdivision to the main road.  As usual I had to wait for a spot in the traffic because it was very busy.  As I sat there I began noticing the people who were going by.  One in particular stands out.  He came by at a rapid speed.  He had a razor in one hand and was talking on the cell phone with the other.  All the while he was speeding down the main road.”  In this moment I prayed, “God protect Him, for he does not know what he is doing.”

In our More For Christ readings, I believe Paul was praying this same prayer for those Galatian believers who were not considering what they were doing.  Here is a suggested outline of our text, Ga. 4:8-31:

1.  A startling question:  Vs: 8-11

“How could you turn back?” “Why would you want to turn back?” Paul was afraid his work was in vain.  Could it be possible that they missed the truth of the gospel?

2.  A starting reaction:  Vs: 12-20

When Paul first went to their city, they embraced him and they embraced the gospel.  But now it seemed as if they had turned on Paul and they had turned away from the gospel.  The problem was simple, “Christ had not been formed in them.”  They had not given themselves to growing to maturity in Christ.  They were not considering what they were doing!

3.  A sufficient illustration: Vs: 21-31

Here we find and illustration of Abraham seeking to do things his way (Works) vs doing things God’s way (Grace).  God would not accept Abraham’s way and he will not accept the Galatians way.  Brother and sister he will not accept our way!

Today, just like that guy who was shaving, driving the car, and talking on the phone all at the same time, you and I often live our lives with so much distraction that we do not consider what we are doing.

Today, our goal should be, “Christ being formed in us.”  This is our goal.  We must consider it and we must concentrate on doing this by grace.  We work because we have been saved, not to be saved.  So, take time this day and consider what you are doing.

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