Monday: 15th October, 2018
1st reading: Galatians 4:22-31,5:1
Galatians 5:1 Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage
For those species of spiders that produce proteinaceous spider silk, a web is woven generally with the intention of catching prey. The aesthetics and sheer brilliance of these webs only serve to attract prey; besides, even in our reality, one often can’t help but admire beauty. However, the design of these webs come with a unique trapping mechanism: once caught in it, the firmer a prey struggles to escape, the more entangled it becomes.
Saint Paul appears to hold two items in his hands: freedom in one and slavery in the other. Sin is like a spider’s Web: its beauty is so fascinating that, many are drawn towards it even when it is placed alongside freedom. Nonetheless, like a prey caught in a Web, once in it, any attempts on one’s own accord to get out is comparable to standing in quicksand – the more you struggle, the deeper you sink.
Many people caught in the web of sin, negative thinking and self pity, are seriously giving their all to get out. But beloved, the safest way out is Jesus. It is worth note also that you can only get entangled with some self-effort, that is just how webs works. To get out, one has to relax entirely so another unwinds the threads without causing any damage. My dear, this is however not an invitation to go exploring ‘spider webs’ because you know the ‘Jesus team rescue’ is on standby.
The real intent of that team is what Saint Paul emphasises: that we keep our eyes on the real freedom already won for us by Jesus, and not be held again in the yoke of bondage. We are encouraged to avoid those opportunities that are likely to get us entangled, instead of waiting for a plan of escape when caught in.
Remember # in some fights, victory sometimes means avoiding contact.