Blinded by Obedience

Western Theological Seminary Students

READ : Galatians 6:11-18

While driving down an unfamiliar street, I noticed that a police cruiser was stopped at a three-way intersection waiting to turn onto the street on which I was driving. I didn’t want a traffic ticket so I made sure that I was obeying all the traffic rules. I glanced at my speedometer to ensure I wasn’t speeding. I checked my seat belt and made sure that my hands were in the proper driving positions on the steering wheel. As I drove past the policeman, I felt pretty confident in myself. My confidence disappeared like a needle in a haystack as the police car came chasing after me, lights flashing. In my effort to obey the rules of the road I had missed seeing the stop sign at the intersection!

Paul points out to the Galatians that many try to obey the law to make a good impression or to avoid persecution. But no matter how hard they try they still fail to obey all of the law. What really counts is not mindless obedience to the law, but rather becoming a “new creation” in Jesus Christ.

– Aaron Anderson


Lord, as we strive to do what is right, let us not forget that we are new creations in Jesus Christ and our only ground for confidence is in his cross.