Have you ever felt like Christianity was a never-ending list of all the ways your doing life incorrectly and found yourself getting a little peeved by it all?
I was reading some articles today that were really convicting me and opening my eyes to scripture and the enormity of sins presence in the world.
(Check out the articles for yourself!!! http://phyliciadelta.com/that-day-i-wore-yoga-pants-5-myths-about-modesty/ and http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/christ-died-for-our-sins-that-we-might-die-to-sin)
I’ll be honest, I have a strong passion for following the Bible and sticking to what it says—although I am a naturally rebellious person, when it comes to the Word of God, I don’t like to mess around. I know that to fear the Lord is better (Psalm 112:1, Proverbs 28:14, Psalm 25:12).
And so today this topic was gripping me like no other! Why is it so hard to follow what the Bible says and God commands us?? If we’re no longer bound by the Law through Christ, why are there so many rules? Why does it seem like Christians everywhere (of which I am guilty) bend the rules that we know we ought to follow?
How are we supposed to live in freedom if it seems like we’re constantly restricted? How are we supposed to live joyfully if it seems like we’re repeatedly criticized? At what point can we stop berating ourselves & just LIVE?!?
I think the answer is that we’re not supposed to just “live our life” but to submit our life to the very one who created life (Ephesians 2:10). I think it’s when we live as living sacrifices that we experience true freedom (Romans 12:1)
When we live for ourself, we put what benefits us before what satisfies God (Galatians 5:19-26). When we live for Christ, we put to death the desires of the flesh & seek to glorify the Lord through our word & deeds (Romans 8:13). He died so we could go to heaven & lived so that we would know how to (1 Peter 2:21-25). In fact, He came so we could have an abundant life (John 10:10)!!!
The choices we make directly reflect the condition of our hearts, which ultimately shows whom we serve (Joshua 24:14-15)—are we serving ourselves or are we serving God? Who is on the throne of your life, & what is keeping you from giving all of your life to Him
This question should encourage reflection & not provoke shame. You see, the more we realize the depths of our sins the more we see the beauty of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross! When we realize how imperfect we are, how undeserving we are, we are brought to a point of utter worship for our Merciful & Loving God!! We are able to REJOICE in our sufferings!! When we choose to endure & resist temptation we are choosing Jesus over the world!! We are able to experience God’s love more fully than before (Romans 5:3-5)!!! THAT is why we continually check our hearts & actions for sin. That is how we can rejoice in our weaknesses—because it’s through our weaknesses that we experience the power of Jesus’s Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)!!
God didn’t come up with rules to punish us; He designed them to protect us because He loves us ❤️
I always have more to say on this topic so comment if you have questions!
I’ll leave y’all with some more verses that came to mind when I was writing this! 🙂
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 ESV
“for God gave us the spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” – 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for those are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” – Galatians 5:16-17 ESV
“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he [Jesus] said to them, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?'” – Mark 8:34-37 ESV
“how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish before God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God” – Hebrews 9:14 ESV