(Galatians 5:1) “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Do you remember when you were a child how you learned not to do certain things? What happened if you talked back to your parents or tracked mud all over the living room floor? Things probably didn’t go so well, did they? We learned as children by living under a performance-based system. If we did the right thing, we were rewarded (or at least not punished!) And if we did the wrong thing, part of our anatomy may have been tanner than the other parts!
Children are not given total freedom to make choices. Did your parents tell you what to do and when to do it or did they give you total autonomy over your life? If you lived in a house like mine, you knew what was expected and when. Freedom was doing what was commanded.
Living based on performance and commandments means choices in life are severely limited. Even in the “land of the free,” parents who love their children will place them under a performance-based system – to teach them. But this is not how adults live their lives in true freedom. Yet how often do we insist on being treated as children by placing ourselves back under a performance-based system of religion?
Spiritual liberty was purchased by the blood of Christ.. Believers are not designed to live under the Law performance system but under grace. God grants spiritual adulthood status the moment of salvation. Freedom in Christ gives the confidence to “stand fast.”
We live on a spiritual superhighway with many lanes. Some lanes are faster than others. There is always the danger of colliding with another driver. The road has twists and turns. But if we are on this spiritual superhighway together, we will each ultimately reach the same destination. God’s concern isn’t necessarily with which lane in which we drive. He is concerned with that we understand the rules of the road and make good adult choices. Some of us will blow a tire and need to be towed to our destination. Some of us will race as fast as we can to the end. Some of us will take our time and enjoy the journey. But the beauty of this grace in which we stand is that we all have the freedom to choose how we will travel down this road.
Renewed Thought – Lord, thank you for this grace in which I stand. Give me the wisdom to make the choices today that will please and glorify You.