by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Galatians 4:9

In Galatians 4:9, friends, we find this statement: "Ye
observe days, and months, and times, and years." The
Apostle goes on to say, "I am afraid lest I have
bestowed upon you labor in vain." Paul is rebuking the
Galatians for their observance of certain religious
feast days.

Well, Christmas time is a feast-day and Easter time is
a feast-day. There are other religious days, such as
Good Friday. What about these days?

Paul here felt that he had bestowed labor on them in
vain, because there was a lot of religious activity
about THE DAYS, the festival part, and they missed
entirely the true spirit of them.

A Letter

I shall never forget a very wonderful letter I
received one time from two friends in another state.
They said that they began contemplating their
Christmas giving as early as September because they
had so many names on their shopping list (96, I
believe) and although they really loved all these
persons and enjoyed buying for them some gift at
Christmastime, they decided that they would combine
the amount they would have spent on these 96 gifts and
give it for the actual work of the Lord (the Radio
Evangelistic Hour was one of the ministries they
chose), and in doing this they felt that they were
giving more directly to the Lord and His Cause.

They wrote a beautiful letter to each of their friends
explaining what they were doing about their Christmas
giving, saying that it was a deep satisfaction to them
to be commemorating Christ's Birthday in this way and
they hoped their friends would share this feeling,
since it would have a permanent value in the lives
hearing the Word of God and being reached through this
radio ministry. They envisioned a multitude of men and
women, boys and girls, whose lives would be touched by
Christ's WORD and Christ's SPIRIT.

They said that they had given it a lot of thought and
came to the co ...

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