Monday, 19 January 2015
Galatians: Freedom in Christ
We are continuing to bask in the truth we’ve learned from our study of Galatians this spring. How are you enjoying your freedom in Christ? Drop me an email and let me know: [email protected] Meredith Bowman reflects on what she learned in today’s post.
What if I told you that after you finished this study on Galatians you must take a test on how well you have applied what you learned? How would that make you feel?
I know how I would feel. And if you’re anything like me, you would be having some level of anxiety ranging from butterflies in your stomach to a full on panic attack. My mind would dart back and forth, quickly surveying my life for at least one example of where I did well. “Phew! Found one.” But my relief would be short lived when I realize that I need more than one good example to pass the test. I need a perfect score. I can hear my drowning plea: “Can I do some extra credit to improve my grade? Pretty please?”
During my college career, I loved taking electives. My choices were based on two requirements: fun and EASY! I was counting on these classes to give me some relief from the heavier studying in my major and boost my GPA (which was in serious need of some boosting!).
There was one class that grabbed my attention but met only one of my requirements. It was a senior level Nutrition class. I was very interested in learning the material but I knew the science/chemistry focus was not my strength and the low grade I anticipated would kill my GPA.
Thankfully my university offered an alternative. I was allowed to take one elective Pass/Fail. As long as I did just enough to pass, I would get credit for the class. But there would be no grade assigned to either help or hurt my GPA. Being confident I could pass, I signed up.
Freedom from Failure
That semester was a blast. I experienced a freedom that I didn’t know I could have in school. I was studying to learn the material because I wanted to, not because I was being judged on how well I performed.
My perception of the professor changed too. He was no longer someone that would be evaluating me and deciding my fate. I no longer had to work hard to please him. He became my teacher again, the person who had mastered the subject and from whom I could now learn.
His Perfect Report Card
This is almost a perfect example of what I have learned from our Galatians study. The only difference is when we take our test we cannot fail! Jesus has already taken the test and has gotten a perfect score. Which means we now have a perfect score too!
This understanding has changed my life. When I look at my Bible sitting on the table, I can see the huge A+ written in red ink across the cover. The test is over. The grade has been given. Now I can open those pages and begin to learn the material without the pressure of being graded for my performance.
Thank you Rondi for your hours and hours invested in this blog. You have masterfully opened up this book for me and I have been cemented in my freedom as a result. Thank you!!!