Christians – anyone who has accepted the gift of salvation by faith through the sacrifice of Christ’s blood on the cross – are free. Free of what? We’re free of condemnation – we’re free of the weight of worrying about being “good enough” or “holy enough” – forever.
I am not holy or good in my self. Nothing I can do can make me holy. But Jesus died for me, washed me in His blood, and now I am holy – because He says so. That’s all. Nothing to do with me.
So, since I didn’t create my holiness, I don’t have to maintain my holiness. I can’t de-maintain my holiness either. (I can create grievous distance between myself and God, which has consequences, but that’s another essay).
What does that mean? What does a free person do?
It means that because I don’t have to worry about whether or not I’m accepted – I can pour out my acceptance on those around me. I don’t have to worry about if I am loved – I can pour out my love on those around me. I can accept that Jesus is the Light of the world and that He is in me, and that therefore, I have Light to share.
A free person should be *busy* loving those around them, in other words. Serve the Family of Christ, serve your neighbors, show God’s glory and truth to the world at large. It’s ***so dark*** out there. We have work to do. And it is a delight. It is JOY to be involved in the work of sharing God’s love. The farther you go in this project, the more wonderful it is. At first it’s uncomfortable – joy is uncool and being openly Christian is uncool too – but then you find that you start making differences in people’s lives, even small ones… and hooray! And you see the changes Christ is making in your heart, and hallelujiah! And even in the pain and the suffering that this world brings … you still have a joy-source.
We are His hands and His feet and His mouth in this world. If we the Body – we should submit our bodies to His mastery and get busy showing others the way Home.
Rejoice in your freedom!