July 2nd 2010

My Freedom

“But you must be careful with this freedom of yours. Do not cause a brother or sister with a weaker conscience to stumble.”
1 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT)

Freedom is one of the most important gifts that we receive through salvation. It comes with the package when we give our lives to the Lord – we just need to realize that and grab hold of it. Paul even proclaims this in Romans 8:1-2, when he says, “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. For the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death.” In John 8:36, Jesus even said it: “So if the Son sets you free, you will indeed be free.”  In understanding our freedom and taking hold of our freedom, we can come to know who we truly are in Christ. This brings confidence, and confidence is a key in everything we do, especially in reaching the world for Jesus.

We see in the featured scripture that the Bible also says, “But you must be careful with this freedom of yours. Do not cause a brother or sister with a weaker conscience to stumble.” (1 Corinthians 8:9).  It is obvious that we must exercise our freedom and continually walk in it, but we must be careful not to walk in it in such a way that turns people away from Christ. The freedom that comes through Christ (the only true freedom) is not a selfish freedom. It is not a “me, me, me” freedom. My freedom should result in another’s freedom. After all, life is about people, not just me. We must speak truth, the Word of God; and this Truth is what sets people free.

There is another form of freedom that we often easily confuse with rebellion. It is often said that, “one’s freedom to swing their fist ends at the tip of the other’s nose.” Anything further is rebellion. The freedom described in the Bible is often taken out of context. We think, “Oh, this is a free country. I have my freedom. I can do anything I want.” That kind of thinking is wrong thinking. That kind of thinking is a selfish thinking. Claire says, “Oh, I’ll dye my hair today and go into work with bright green hair. There’s no specific rule that says I can’t.” Does that attract business or redirect business elsewhere? Do we attract people to Jesus or redirect their hearts toward sin? Who do we represent? Are we using our freedom to bring people to Jesus or are we just using our freedom as a cover for rebellion? Who is it about? Is it about me or am I more concerned about them?

People watch us. People watch you. You may be the only representation of Jesus that a person will ever see. How are you using that influence for the glory of God and for their personal benefit? How are you walking in your freedom – For the glory of God and the benefit of others or for your own selfish benefit?

Walk in freedom. Know who you are in Christ. Change the world for Jesus, not for yourself. And remember, you know more than you think you know…you have something to offer that only you can offer.

Prayer
Lord, thank you for the freedom I have. Help me to use that freedom to point others to you.
Amen

Study by Fraser Murdoch

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