As I read through 1-2 Corinthians and Galatians, I am constantly struck by our impulses. As humans, we seem to strive for being “one up” on someone else… anyone else. Even in the Church, Paul battled these kinds of attitudes. With the Corinthians, it was being “one up” with spiritual gifts… or being “one up” by being able to sin with the best of them and claim “freedom in Christ.” With the Galatians, it was sliding back into the arrogance of legalism and still thinking there was freedom in Christ.
Freedom in Christ is freedom from the patterns of this world. This is a tough battle for us as believers! We get so caught up in the world’s system. We take on value systems, philosophical systems, so much more… and we have a difficult time separating it all out.
We need tough reminders from time to time. We need the Holy Spirit working us over and getting to our motivations. We need the Word of God examining us!
13 You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love. 14 All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself. 15 But if you bite and devour each other, be careful that you don’t get eaten up by each other! (Gal. 5:13-15, CEB)
There is not doubt we can be convinced of our faith… but we need not be arrogant about it.