Today's reading: Galatians 3-4
Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24 NRSV
Paul really sees our belief in Jesus as a mark of maturity as God's people. For those under the law, they still needed a "disciplinarian" which in Greek was actually a nanny of sorts. Usually this person was a slave whose only job was to make sure the child did not come into any harm. When the child reached their majority, the slave's job was done. The law kept us out of trouble. But now that we are grown up, we have the Spirit as followers of Christ.
My son's birthday is today. Each year I notice how grown up he is becoming and how he needs me less and less. He still needs discipline but I can tell that soon he will be on his own. He is going to need Jesus more than ever. And so will I!
And so we all need Jesus. The law can keep us out of trouble but now we are mature in Jesus Christ.
God, thank you for discipline, maturity and our life in Christ. May we continue to be grown up in our faith. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims