Galatians 4:8–20 (ESV)
Paul’s Concern for the Galatians
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by 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? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years! 11 I am
afraid I may have labored over you in vain.
12 Brothers, I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong. 13 You
know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, 14 and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus. 15 What
then has become of your blessedness? For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have gouged out your eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17 They
make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them. 18 It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose, and not only when I am present with you, 19 my
little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! 20 I wish I could be present with you now and change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.
There are many distractions in life… and some of those distractions can draw us away from Christ. The pastor’s job is to preach the Law and Gospel to bring people to repentance and
forgiveness. At the same time, Satan is trying to draw us away. When I was in Rowlett, TX… there was Lake Ray Hubbard that offered fishing, boating, and water sports. I remember baseball practice for the kids, and other planned events
that fell on Sunday. We kept our focus and were dead set on attending church and saying not to the distractions. It hurts to see people being distracted away from God and they don’t even know it. Satan likes to put blinders on us and
dangle a carrot to lead us astray. This is where we struggle to keep our focus in the world and walk according to God’s ways. Pray for pastors to keep focus too!
I pray: Heavenly Father, I pray for all ministers of the Word and the blessings they bring. Through them, open our eyes to the truth. Amen.