Thursday, September 22, 2016

How Much Freedom?

“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” –Psalm 119:45

To help us resolve some of Lexi’s leash-walking issues, our trainer recommended she might do better on a flexi-lead, a long retractable leash. “Maybe Lexi needs just a little more freedom,” she suggested. We who walk with God walk about in freedom. Galatians 5:1 asserts, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” God doesn’t give us just a little more freedom (from the law, from sin, from death). God doesn’t put us on a longer leash. We are completely free. Lexi would love to walk about in complete freedom—but she needs some restraint to keep her safe. Maybe we wish we had some restraint to prevent us from wandering off, getting lost, or falling into danger. Sometimes complete freedom feels like too much. We might restrain ourselves with rules, customs, and conventions, but they are self-imposed. To walk with God is to walk in freedom. At the same time, we exercise our freedom by walking with God.

Dear God, Thank you for giving me complete freedom in Christ. Amen

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