(wrote this for a N. Ireland publication. Hope it translates...)
Read Galatians 3:26-4:7
Apparently when the Queen was just a young Princess she
was lost on the edges of Balmoral castle. Without the tabloid press and perpetual television the old lady who found her asked her who she was. “Oh I’m a nobody” said the Princess, “but my father is the King.” Knowing our true identity is absolutely crucial to whether we get lost or stay found.
In the new era of the Christian Church there were many things shaking the confidence of the first generation of Jesus followers. In
Galatia the fledgling Jesus Community were wavering from the grace their new lives had set out on and were giving into pressures that were leading them to trust in works and rituals. In today’s passage Paul is strengthening confidence by forming identity. It is in knowing who we are that gives us our inner strength. Like this gaggle of Galatians we were born into an identity. For them Jew or Greek, slave or free. For us Irish, or British or Northern Irish, Unionist or Nationalist; all depending on the street or village our mother gave
birth. Like those Galatians we were born again into a whole new identity. The space and time event of Jesus birth, life, death and resurrection has changed everything about the identity of those who believe and follow. Our identity now transcends the labels of the society around us. Who we are is now rooted in the Jesus story and in the life of the Abba, Father above us.