15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God (Galatians 6).
Paul is reminding us of the big picture here. We can get so focused on the small things like “circumcision,” that we miss the great one: that those in Christ are “a new creation.” After all, what’s so great about a ritual, compared to the miracle of spiritual rebirth? What’s so great about a foreskin, compared to the entire body, soul, and spirit which is destined for glory? What’s so great about looking (or not looking) physically like a Jew, compared to spiritually being the very “Israel of God?”
“Peace and mercy” accompany those who keep the big picture before them. They have peace with God and themselves because of what He has accomplished for them in Christ. They also have peace with and mercy for others because they are not judging them and trying to win them over to the performance of rituals, nor are they trying to please others by performing them.
Lord, help us This Day to keep our focus on the big picture. Amen.