Coming in person - Hope 103.2

Coming in person

By David ReayFriday 27 May 2016LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Galatians 4:4-5

4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. (NLT)

The comedian Milton Berle once described a committee as a group that takes minutes and spends hours. Perhaps a bit unkind, but it can be true that meetings and committees can be a substitute for action rather than a preparation for action. How often do we hear of people whom we want to contact as ‘being in a meeting’? Some people’s workplace seems to consist of one meeting after the other, so that we might wonder what work actually gets done.

When God wanted a job done, he didn’t convene an angelic subcommittee or have endless meetings within the Trinity. He acted. He invited Jesus to do the job of offering reconciliation to humankind. Lots of talk and deliberation wouldn’t achieve it. The problem of sin and guilt and estrangement couldn’t be resolved in a meeting.

To paraphrase another familiar text, God so loved the world that he didn’t form a committee or convene a meeting. He came in person to do the job himself.

David Reay