8 Before you Gentiles knew God, you were slaves to so-called gods that do not even exist. 9 So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? 10 You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years. 11 I fear for you. Perhaps all my hard work with you was for nothing. 12 Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to live as I do in freedom from these things, for I have become like you Gentiles—free from those laws.
You did not mistreat me when I first preached to you. 13 Surely you remember that I was sick when I first brought you the Good News. 14 But even though my condition tempted you to reject me, you did not despise me or turn me away. No, you took me in and cared for me as though I were an angel from God or even Christ Jesus himself. 15 Where is that joyful and grateful spirit you felt then? I am sure you would have taken out your own eyes and given them to me if it had been possible. 16 Have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth?
Two things struck me in this passage.
1. I must avoid making “so-called gods” my master. I can get caught up in that without even knowing it. Some of the “so-called gods” for me are my image, my kids, even my marriage, my MGB, my books, plus other things I’m not even aware of.
2. I am known by God! What an incredible truth! He knows me! It’s like saying that someone famous knows me, only thousands of times more amazing!
It’s like someone asks God, “Do you know Stoop?” And God answers, “Yes, I know him even better than he knows himself!” Wow!
God knows you as well, and he looks at each of us with love.