20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

You and I have been set free from the bondage of sin. Why do we live as though we are still under its yoke? Too often, we Christians don’t live like we’ve been set free. We couch everything in terms of do’s and don’ts and make Christianity look like following a rule book instead of a relationship with Jesus, the creator of the world! Take a look at your own life for a moment. Is there any area where you are just following the rules, going through the motions, checking the boxes of what you should be doing? How does it feel to live that way? Is that way of life marked by abundant joy? Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. That fullness of life is not found in just following a checklist of do’s and don’ts. The fullness of life in Jesus Christ is found in an abiding relationship with our Maker, in intimate fellowship with our Lord, in dwelling in the presence of the Almighty.

Yes, we are to turn away from sin. We are to resist the devil. We are to flee sexual immorality. But if all you do is turn, resist, and flee then you are going to remain in the same place, facing the same struggles day after day. We are to turn to Jesus, run into His arms, and dive into His purposes for us. Without Jesus as our goal, we will just be running in circles.

So, instead of a checklist of do’s and don’ts, we should have one single minded focus, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Cor. 2:2. If we seek after Jesus with all our heart, He will direct and guide the do’s and don’ts of our everyday life. Our life as Christians should therefore look like “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” Mt. 6:33, and “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Mt. 22:37 and show the world what it means to belong to God’s family.

1 Response

  1. BigBuck

    I have noticed the more I hunger and learn of Him. The more I want to live like him. It’s a relationship , where I am actually hearing from him . Instead of before where it was a one way relationship. Lord , can you help me! Lord, I’ll never do this again! Meeting with him in the cool of each day in the word. helps me to put on the mind of Christ, His armor, his Dunamis power! Praise God for who the son has set free is FREE INDEED! Be still and hear..

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