How is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? (Galatians 4:9)
The two words together in the Greek—weak and miserable—imply things that impoverish us and reduce us to lowly paupers and beggars. That’s not a pretty picture!
Look at the contrast between the princely life and the pauper’s life.
Those who follow Christ:
- Are called sons of God (Galatians 4:6a)
- Experience Abba Father’s favor (4:6b)
- Are heirs to God’s Kingdom (4:7)
Those who don’t follow Christ:
- Live as slaves (4:7)
- Are separated from God’s favor (4:1-3)
- Live as miserable beggars (4:9)
Why would anyone choose the miserable beggar’s life?
Here’s the principle: Everyone serves someone! I will either serve God and be called His son, or I will serve myself (my desires, my passions, my way of doing things) and be called a stranger to God.
Do I want to be in control, or do I want to let God be in control? When I try to control my own life, not only am I not in control, but I actually become a slave to my own passions. Ironic, isn’t it?
The choice is simple, but the choice must be made every day. I must choose to serve God in every moment of every day. It’s the only way to avoid the miserable life, and live the blessed life God has for me.