07
Feb
16

freedom

 

Because I refuse to be bound by man’s rules, my husband often jokes about my unconventional spirit! And while it’s true I’m the first to jump off the bandwagon (even a Christian one) when everyone else is jumping on, I am not a rebel. At least not in the traditional sense.

Icons James Dean and Elvis Presley challenged social norms in the ’50s. The hippies in the ’60s resisted the “Establishment.” And the Jesus Movement in the ’70s rose up out of a disatisfaction with the rigidity of the denominational Church.

Freedom from bondage

FYI: Following “the law” does not produce righteousness

Gal. 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now completed in the flesh? (WEB)

Even though we know in our heads that we haven’t done anything to earn our place in heaven, sometimes we feel: like we’re not doing enough, like we cannot possible be acceptable just as we are, like maybe we need to do something to merit God answering our prayers or paying attention to us.

Gal. 3:11 Now that no man is justified by the law before God is evident, for, “The righteous will live by faith.” (WEB)

It is very important for us to balance faith and service.

Rom. 7:6 But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held; so that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter. (WEB)

Because we’ve been made new creatures, we are no longer bound to keeping religious rules through good conduct. But because our hearts have been made new and His laws are written on our hearts, we no longer commit the same offenses. Our natures are changed so that we are not limited to pleasing God by our actions. We know it is faith that pleases our Lord. Then enters the dilemma.

Jas. 2:18 Yes, a man will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I by my works will show you my faith. (WEB

We are freed from dead religious works and keeping legalistic laws. Yet God expects us to show our faith (convictions) by what we do. We need to be “men” of integrity.

1Cor. 3:12 But if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or stubble; 13 each man’s work will be revealed. For the Day will declare it, because it is revealed in fire; and the fire itself will test what sort of work each man’s work is. (WEB)

A man once told me that I needed to go help at a kid’s camp… On another occasion a missionary lamented to me about a certain church not supporting his work…

God doesn’t “call” each of us to work in the same portion of His field. We can’t do everything, so we need to determine where we fit in most aptly and what our motives are. Then we will find ourselves building with materials that withstand any scrutiny, any evaluation, even God’s quality control.

Let’s plow/sow/water where the Lord assigned us to contribute, then

For he who has entered into his rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from his. (Heb 4:10 WEB)

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