Little Parts

Karen Rose Ming

READ : Galatians 3:1-14

During summer break from college, my niece Dara worked at a company that manufactured air valves. She worked on the production line eight hours a day, five days a week. After her first day, she knew it was going to be a long summer. When Dara returned home that evening, she complained that the work was rather mundane. This prompted her family to ask what she did all day. “I don’t know,” she replied, “I just put little parts into other little parts.”

The second day and each day that week was the same report. “I put little parts into other little parts. And no, I have no idea what they are used for.”

Friday evening, when David, Dara’s eight-year-old brother was tucked into bed, he ended his bedtime prayer with, “. . . and Lord, please help Dara to know what she is doing.”

Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia clearly states they were backsliding into legalism. They practiced their religion simply because it was the expected thing to do. Paul scolds them by saying, “You are foolish to think God will reward you for observing the law.” Keeping the law does not save us. We are to know and accept Christ Jesus, totally and completely. It is His grace that brings salvation.

Do you go about, day after day, just following the law, or do you follow Christ Jesus?


Lord, keep me from the sin of legalism. In Jesus’ name. Amen.