The freedom of being a sinner is sometimes invigorating. I don’t mean it in the sense that I want to go out and commit sin; I mean it in the sense that sinners just are what they are without trying. Back in the days before I was born again I never hesitated to say or do anything I wanted to do. If I wanted to get high or drink I did. It wasn’t necessarily that thought out or planned. There was a certain spontaneity about life; it was an adventure.
When it comes to living the Christian life there ought to be a freedom to it. We shouldn’t hesitate to be ourselves because, with the Holy Spirit having taken up residence within us, we have become fully alive for the first time. All of those attempts at freedom and fun in the old days were all misguided at best. We thought we were our own person and could do whatever we wanted to do while all the while we were slaves to sin. We were deceived and thought we were in charge when all along we were merely a puppet of the enemy.
The Bible doesn’t give us an option to be our own boss. It tells us we are either a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness, but we are always a slave. We used to think we were living our own life and it was all up to us to make it whatever we wanted it to be. I remember thinking, “when I get older I’m going to go where I want to go, eat what I want and stay out as late as I want to. No one is going to tell me what to do anymore.” Little did I know it was the voice of the enemy all along, and he fooled me into thinking those were my thoughts.
From the beginning the enemy has had an inroad into humanity. He deceived Adam and Eve into thinking they could be their own boss and had them thinking their life was theirs to do with as they pleased. Of course now we understand we have been bought with a price and our life is not our own. The great thing is that now being a slave to righteousness our lives are set right, and in Christ we have freedom. It’s as though someone paid our bail and told us we are free to go, but rather than go we would rather stay and serve the one who freed us.
There are many who claim to know God yet live as slaves to religion. They awake in the morning feeling trapped in a life with no pleasure or fun in it; whereas a life lived in the freedom of Christ is a life filled with hope, joy, adventure and freedom. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” In other words, don’t get caught up in religious bondage, but embrace the life Christ died to enable you to live! This life of adventure does include pain and suffering along the way, but it is nothing compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.
Written by Louie