Did you know there’s a design, a pattern, a natural rhythm to this thing we call life?
One that brings peace and fulfillment on a scale we have yet to know or imagine?
It’s the freedom found in Christ. Discovered as we learn to follow, trust and obey God.
We were born into a system of slavery, bound by sin, following after our own passions and desires.
We knew no other way to be satisfied.
But God in His infinite wisdom gave us His Law to show us how bound to sin we truly were.
We had the law, but we still fell short. God’s law couldn’t take our sin away, it only revealed the problem we couldn’t see.
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. -John 8:34
For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. – Romans 7:19
God knew how weak we were without Him, so He chose to give up everything to restore our relationship with Himself.
He proved beyond doubt there was nothing He wouldn’t do to redeem and save us.
Before Christ, we were following after whatever our sin nature desired, bound by the temporary pleasure it brought.
Because life was hard. So naturally pleasure was the goal, right? Riches, fame, power, and honor.
We refused to accept that we were in darkness and God desired to bring us into the light.
What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness. -Matthew 23:25-28
We didn’t know that because God was a holy and just God, the sin in us could not go unpunished. And because of sin, we were headed for destruction, and at the end of destruction…Judgment. Something no creature created could escape.
God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead. -Acts 17:30-31
God made a way to redeem and restore us back into a relationship with Him.
One where we get to walk with Him in the “cool of the day,” just like Adam in the garden.
We can be free from sin, guilt, fear, condemnation, and shame.
And it’s through Jesus. Every regulation of the law of Moses, given by God, has been fulfilled, thoroughly and completely through Jesus Christ.
Jesus stood in our place and paid our sin debt. His final words on the cross, “It is finished cements this. In those days, those words were uttered when a debt was paid in full, and that seems to be precisely what Jesus was saying just before He took His last breath on the cross. -gotquestions.org
So regarding the law and righteousness…what’s left for you to do as a follower of Christ?
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. –Galatians 5:1
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. -Romans 6:14
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. -Galatians 5:13
According to Scripture, we now have a unique responsibility not to return to the Law.
Our responsibility is to allow the law to be lived out through us by the Holy Spirit. The law written on our hearts.
So then how does being a slave to Jesus make us free?
Jesus promised we’d find the rest our souls craved when we laid down our cares and picked up His easy yoke.
He alone knows what yoke we were created to carry. He alone knows where we individually fit into His body to advance His kingdom on earth.
So as overthinkers and marathon planners, how often do we give ourselves heavy yokes?
Yokes that hinder the Lord’s good plan for our lives. And these yokes will inevitably weigh us down, and invite anxiety, confusion, and chaos. Christ came to set us free from all that. And as we follow Him, through the work of His Holy Spirit, that’s the result: Freedom.
for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. -Philippians 2:13
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. -Galatians 5:1 NLT
Jesus is the only way: To everything.
I encourage you brother and sister to study what it means to truly walk in the freedom of Christ.
Imagine what life would be like if that freedom was your reality. Freedom from chronic fear, worry and doubt, people pleasing, religious mindsets, and more. Then together let’s pray and ask the Lord to lead us into that reality.
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