Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised.
Thoughts for Today:Circumcision was the sign of God's covenant with His chosen people -- but it was only an outward sign, there was no other value in the practice itself. Circumcision demonstrated a man's belief in Mosaic Law. So what if the man didn't subsequently obey the Law? Paul said it would then make a mockery out of the act of circumcision.
The same is true for our own practices within the church. For example, a water baptism is an outward expression of an inward change -- a work of God in the heart. Only God knows our hearts, but it would seem to be a charade if there is no evidence of behavioral transformation in the person.
Questions to Ponder:Are you a Christian in name only -- in the practice of baptism, church membership, and communion? What are some of your behavioral changes? Should there be more evidence? What else needs to change?