Paul confronts Peter about table fellowship. Who can and should sit with whom? Just as circumcision is an identifying mark, so is table fellowship. First, Peter is willing to eat with non-Jewish Christians. Then he not willing to eat with them. Paul calls it hypocrisy.
- Paul is both willing and confidently managing his own life. He knows the gospel and uses it as his inner compass to lead others. Where does Paul find his certainty and direction? How about you?
- He also points out that others are acting in hypocritical ways (literally translated, wearing a mask). Consider where you put on a mask to protect, hide, or deny your faith.
You don’t need masks in the kingdom of God. Who you are in Christ helps you become who God created you to be. Consider what helps you find your certainty and direction. Watch for the ways you are tempted to hide behind a mask.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for the times I label others and label myself. Take away the masks that hide my true self from others. Use me to help others encounter you at the table. Then, embrace me with your grace so I can help others experience your love through the Christian community. Amen.
Where did you encounter certainty today? Where were you tempted to hide behind a mask?
Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.
If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.