Children of the Gospel — Galatians 4:12-20
Earlier in chapter four, Paul has just described how believers are adopted into the family of God. Now in this section, Paul begins to describe how that practically plays out in the lives of the children. With another reminder of the importance of the Gospel of grace (as opposed to the legalism of the Judaizers), he reminded the Galatians of how they received the Gospel in the first place – through their hospitality of hosting Paul when he was sick. This reception and its accompanying sacrificial love were marks of how the Holy Spirit prepared them to hear about Christ and receive the Good News.
Now, Paul reminds them and us, as followers of the truth and of the Truth, Jesus Christ, we must deny a fixation on self. This was, after all, the fixation of the Judaizers. They were interested in people following them. God’s family is interested in people following Him. Our fixation in the family of God is on Christ. This, in turn, gives us a proper love for each other, so much so that we are in anguish and perplexed when the focus of God’s family strays from Christ and His Word to other things.