statue-of-liberty-267948_960_720Romans 6:20 “As long as you did what you felt like doing, ignoring God, you didn’t have to bother with right thinking or right living, or right anything for that matter. But do you call that a free life? What did you get out of it? Nothing you’re proud of now. Where did it get you? A dead end.”

I heard someone say, “It’s hard to beat the cost of free!” He said it in the context of a building being donated to a ministry. He went on to say that even though something is free you have to consider the costs that come along with it.

Many of us pride ourselves in being free to do what we want to do. “I’m grown! Nobody can tell me what to with my life.” We are, for the most part, free to do what we want to do. God gave us free will to choose our course in life. God told the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to witness against you that today I have set before you life or death, blessing or curse. Oh, that you would choose life; that you and your children might live!

When out of our “freedom” we choose to do the opposite of what God wants we usually end up with something we are ashamed of. What do you have left to show for your decisions?

  1. When we ignore God we set ourselves up for disappointment. We always have a choice. God wants us to have a good life but it’s our choice. There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end leads to death. Choose God’s way that leads to life.
  2. When you try to save your life, you lose it. But when you give your life to God you find it. The paradox of life is that when you think you are free to do what you want you are really a slave to your fleshy impulses and it leads to death but when you are a slave to God you experience freedom and life. The word “slave” is highly charged for African Americans. Being a slave for God is the exact opposite of the atrocities of American slavery. But there are many American slaves today who refuse to live under God’s rule.
  3. What do you call a free life? If you are ashamed of what you did you were never free. Only what you do for Christ is worth speaking about. What do you have to show for the life you’ve lived so far? Are you really free?

Romans 6:22-23 “But now you are free from the power of sin and are slaves of God, and his benefits to you include holiness and everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Dear God,

Thank you for setting me free from me to serve you. I tried to do what I wanted and it brought me a lot of heartache. Ever since I surrendered my life to you my life has been full of joy! I never knew love like this! Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. Please continue to order my steps so that my ways will be pleasing and acceptable to you!

In Jesus Name,

Amen