Growing up I can always remember certain mothers of friends as well as my own. What I remember most are the mothers who always welcomed me over to their house, always shared cookies and always listened non-judgmentally to a typical boy growing up – Christ is a lot like that only better!
Who’s your Momma?
Which of these women would be your mother?
Are you still born of the slave?
“These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.” – Galatians 4:24-26
Two mothers talked about here one gives birth to slaves and the other to freed people. One is based on a covenant of Law and the other based on the covenant of Grace.
Which one is your mother?
I come back to a familiar question and one that I hope will cause all of us to meditate on the answer:
If God is anything other than Love, do you really want to spend eternity with Him?
How do you know if you are following a God of Love or a false god?
Let me say this before I accepted Christ I had a whole lot of guilt, shame and depression over who I was, after understanding Grace- even though it was just a glimmer at first I began to see that the guilt, shame and depression and despair that I felt no longer belonged to me. This being said I can tell you some warning signs of being from the slave mother:
You might be a legalist if:
1) You see people as labels and they have to fit a box. (Jesus didn’t fit a box)
2) A person “makes a mistake” according to you and that changes your feelings or thoughts about them. (Jesus and any person He came in contact with)
3) There is no grey area or only a little- judgment is sure and swift and you have the answer of the right and wrongness of it. (Jesus healing on the Sabbath)
4) You see people as tools or a means to an end a way for you to get what you want and think you need. (Jesus shuns the society type for the common person)
5) You see the wrongness of others before you see the lightness of Love. (Jesus and the woman caught in adultery)
6) You judge yourself and it’s no surprise that you do as you judge everyone else too- in whatever way you judge others you will be judged.
7) Your pain is more important than others pain, your happiness is more important than others happiness and your rightness is more important than someone else’s rightness. (Jesus and Peter- Peter was zealous but Jesus gave him wisdom)
These are just a few and there are probably many more but each of these can cause spiritual illness and pain for one simple reason- you have the wrong mother!