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Free to Be

Chris’s lesson on Sunday made me think of a time when I was a kid. You probably can all relate to this no matter what age you are. So, I was about to go take out the trash, which was one of my chores growing up. Just as I was about to take the bag out of the can my mom, from the other side of the house, yells, “Son, why don’t you ever take out the trash like you’re supposed to?” I am sure you can guess what happened next. I won’t bore you with the details, but I had that all too familiar feeling wash over me. It was the feeling of not wanting to do something right after somebody told you to do the very thing you were about to do.

On Sunday when Chris started talking about the freedom of grace through Christ it made me think about the stress and anxiety that we often feel when we are expected to do something. When the weight of expectations presses down on us, we often feel paralyzed and unable to do the things that are required of us. But God has no expectations of us, He has only love. But some might scoff at that idea and be afraid that if we are given the freedom to do whatever we want, we just might choose sin instead of obedience.

Paul anticipated his audience having that same concern when he said, “What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? Absolutely not!” (Rom. 6:1-2a) Paul understood that the freedom that grace provides us should lead us to obedience, not to sin. My picture of God is of a loving father who, with arms wide open, doesn’t expect anything of us. He only loves us and shows us grace. Faced with that reality my desire to follow Him only increases, and I hope you feel the same way. We are free to be who God has called us to be.

1 Response

  1. Thank you, Lance for your words of wisdom. I especially like the image of a loving Father who welcomes us with arms open wide!

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