Can I be real for a second? Yep. This might be my own Jerry Maguire moment.
It is inexcusable to teach all sin is paid for (which it is) and to NOT say in the same exact breath that you died at the cross and you don’t belong to you.
We are quick to rail against religion and anything that even smells like religiosity, but we are so very hesitant to live pure and devote ourselves to the God who made us alive with HIS own Spirit.
Folks. Setting captives free from man made religion, but keeping them stuck as slaves to self is akin to cleaning out someone’s filthy, cluttered garage and then dumping all that junk in their own living room. There is zero point to fixating on religion as the main source of our bondage if we aren’t going to acknowledge that we often hold ourselves captive to self.
Gonna’ be honest for a second. Years ago, once I heard that all sin was paid for, yes I did a couple of very minor really stupid things .... AND GOD VIVIDLY CORRECTED ME!
Why? He loves me. And because I love Him, I stopped the behavior on a dime. Nope. Wasn’t even hard to obey.
What’s more. Right after this correction I had caught on to my co-death, co-burial, and co-resurrection. Temptation to sin hasn’t been a problem since, because dead men don’t sin!!! We as sons have no use for it. Romans 6:7
My moral barometer doesn’t go up and down or wildly fluctuate with fleeting lusts of the world, I’m too busy desiring to emulate the One I love.
Look. If you don’t belong to you, then that makes Grace full supply.
All free. All yours. All available.
Because you are His joy, and God will not do what pharaoh did. He won’t ask you to work the fields and not provide. We don’t serve a God of “make bricks with no straw.” We serve the God of “build our kingdom, and here is my Spirit.”
I’m simply tired of the INCOMPLETE grace message being a horrible front for selfishness as we dismiss the concept of selflessness.
YOU DON’T BELONG TO YOU.
YOU ARE ALIVE IN CHRIST TO BEAR FRUIT.
‘Ain’t nobody dead to the world and fixated on Jesus has time for satisfying the desires of self.