June 30, 2019: Keep in Step with the Spirit
Text for Sunday, June 30, 2019:
PReparation for worship
“Paul said, ‘You are free. Your services are no longer required. The salt mine has been closed. You have fallen under the ultimate statute of limitation. You are out from under everything: Shame, Guilt, Blame. It all rolls off your back like rain off a tombstone.’ It is essential that you see this clearly. The Apostle is saying that you and I have been sprung. Right now; not next week or at the end of the world. And unconditionally, with no probation officer to report to. But that means that we have finally come face to face with the one question we have scrupulously ducked every time it got within a mile of us: You are free. What do you plan to do? One of the problems with any authentic pronouncement of the Gospel is that it introduces us to freedom.” – Robert Capon
“This is the will of God for you: your freedom. Uncompromising, unrelenting, indomitable freedom. For this Christ died. For this he rose. For this he sent his Spirit. There is nothing He wills with more intensity under the glory of His own name than this: your freedom.” – John Piper
When I think about freedom, I think about being left alone to pursue my life as I see fit. When Paul thinks about the precious freedom bought with the blood of Christ, he thinks about the freedom to rest as a child of God and to love.
A besetting sin of this church is to embrace what we call “freedom” and indulge our flesh. We think, “I know this thought, word, or deed is sinful, but I am free in Christ and God loves me, so I am going to do it anyway.”
This is a poor use of freedom because, just like the legalism we all abhor, this pathway leads back to bondage.
Let freedom ring and reign—the true freedom that Jesus lived and died to give us.