Wednesday, December 26, 2007

I’m talkin’ about freedom

Freedom in Christ has been distorted by many modern Christians to mean a freedom from the affects and responsibility of sin – period. Many people think that once they get their get-out-of-hell card along with the warm fuzzies, they are “saved” and can continue living for themselves and engaging in a life littered with sin without any eternal consequences. Sure, they don’t want to sin, but they errantly believe it just doesn’t really matter because they’re “saved”. But where is the freedom? Oh, that happens when they die - right?

I don’t necessarily blame people for this skewed view of conversion. Unfortunately, it is being fed to them by pastors who themselves either (1) really don’t understand, (2) think that this is what people want to hear and so they are tickling their ears with it, or (3) just need this to be true because of how their own lives are being lived out – void of the fruit found in Christ’s freedom.

So, what is this freedom in Christ that we experience when we follow him? It is not the freedom to disobey God, but rather the freedom and ability to finally obey him and live for him.
I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. – Psalm 119:44-45
Freedom is being able to live for God. It is freedom from continuing to sin, not freedom from having to obey God. It is being able to finally honor, obey, and glorify God with your life. This freedom is given by Christ because of his victory over sin on the cross. By his grace we can now say no to sin and yes to God’s precepts. We can live for the King instead of for ourselves. At one time, before our conversion, we did not have any freedom or power to say no to our flesh, but in Christ we have freedom and power to wholeheartedly and fully follow God.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. – Titus 2:11-14
This is true freedom – being able to walk in the light and remain in Christ. And the beautiful thing is that Christ himself brought this freedom. His grace is enough. When we truly take hold of Christ, we will experience this kind of freedom here and now and it will result in a life lived to the full and in an abundance of joy, peace, and glory to our Father.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10

1 comment:

Anita Hensley said...

excellent...these have been very good lately!! good job Eric