There may be nothing more frustrating in all the world than watching a person with every advantage and resource imaginable just take it all for granted. Instead of rising up in strength and grace, they instead squander their gifts in a lifetime idleness, dissipation, and distraction. We ask “how could someone who is given so much toss it all aside and treat it with such scorn?”
This is the passionate frustration with which Paul to write to the Galatians, urging them to take hold of the freedom and the life-giving Spirit God had given them through faith in Christ. The old ways, the ways of slavery to the law and to the pagan idols, was broken. They are no longer slaves, but children of God, and heirs to the inheritance of Christ’s Kingdom.
“Take hold of your freedom,” Paul urges us, “and do not return again to the old, lifeless ways.”