READ GALATIANS 4:16-20
(Extra Reading: Galatians 4:12-15)
UNTIL CHRIST IS FORMED
Paul said to the Galatians that these kinds of legalistic people who made themselves out to have deeper spiritual revelation were zealously courting them, so that the Galatians would be zealous for them in return. Paul goes on to say that being zealous is good, provided that it is zeal the right direction. We should be zealous in our faith, in persisting in faith, not allowing anyone to derail us into some other kind of spirituality that generally excludes the power of the Holy Spirit. The pastoral heart of Paul is so strong here, using the analogy of giving birth to describe how he feels about Christ being formed in the people he loves and cares for. Christ being formed in us is the litmus test of whether we are zealous for the right things or not.