Living on a budget or like a millionaire?

“Make choices that liberate you”

“Why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open?”

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” – Galations 5:1

As humans, frankly, we can be quite pathetic. Remember that bible verse, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15)? Our intentions are so often separate from our actions. 

When I really reflect on why I took an action I didn’t intend to, it often comes back to one of three things: me putting myself in a situation that will tempt me or being in a situation in which I didn’t quite choose to be, but then not taking the right actions I know will help me avoid wrongdoings. Or, letting my emotions take over my choices – lashing out at people, feeling frustrated with God, etc. Like an alcoholic who shouldn’t go into a bar, a person trying to lose weight walking into a candy shop, a gambler in a casino – we all have felt what that conflict of interests is like. We feel out of control.

What’s good is that our God has set us free. No, not free from temptation or hardships or human life for that matter, but free from the death our sins breed. We are liberated from judgement and brought into His arms. 

I heard a sermon recently by Andrew Farley who used this analogy: you live your life with a tiny bank account – say you make minimum wage the rest of your life and consequently, are living on a tight budget. Wouldn’t you be quite frustrated with yourself if at the end of your life, you realized you had overlooked $10 million just sitting in the bank? 

As Christians, that’s what we often do. We sort of accept that Christ has died for us and that we’re forgiven, but then we wallow in guilt because we repeatedly place ourselves in situations that don’t result in us being more Christ-like. In reality, we could be living with the full realization that Christ is already in us. What’s more, due to the forgiveness we’ve been granted as Christians, our $10 million isn’t only given to sinless saints. We could be removed from the burden of budgets and debt and feel the freedom of millionaires, but when we walk into or fall into a wrong action, we live with less. 

When you know it’s possible, make the choices that set you free. 

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