This is a blog about living without debt, but has nothing to do with your financial decisions. Rather this is summary of the greatest story ever told; a story about how to have a fulfilling and effectual relationship with God. But, I’m going to warn you right up front, if you are a fan of religion and religious ritual, read no further because chances are I’m going to make you angry. Naturally a discussion about your relationship with God will take more than a thousand words, but I’ll do my best to give you the salient points and then you, my friends, can decide for yourself!
So, here goes… Anything that you do for God that you really, really don’t want to do will ultimately be based upon fear. All kinds of things are said and done in the name of God are not only nutso and illogical, but are often far removed from the things God says actually please Him. Forced obedience is not obedience, no more so than when your kids do what you tell them because they are afraid of what you will do to them if they don’t do it. And if you are honest, when you follow some commandment or refuse to partake in an activity because you fear negative consequences with God, you are acting out of fear. I’m pretty sure that you want your children to do what you say because they love and you and trust you, not because they are afraid of you. Well, God is no different! Add to that a society that has ever-changing rules regarding what is a sin and what isn’t, we are left with a real conundrum. But God is smarter than that…
This may surprise you, but God is well aware of the human condition. He knows how evil works and He’s well aware of the pitfalls that follow bad decisions. And, in the world of “anything goes” bad decisions still remain. Thus in His infinite (and I don’t throw that word around haphazardly) wisdom, He came up with a grand solution. For those of us that choose to believe, He did away with the sin problem once and for all. He knew we would never live up to His Word on our own. The first man, Adam, the prototype didn’t, so why would He expect that we would be any different. Yet how many of us think otherwise? How many of us do all kinds of shenanigans to “make” ourselves right with God. And have you enjoyed much success playing that game? For every good deed we do, we inadvertently do two things wrong. And even the good things we think we do often present with another layer of how we could have done better and on that dastardly game goes. Have you ever noticed how angry and judgmental religious people are? Have a little compassion on them, that’s a tough, tough game they are playing! Instead God masterfully devised the ultimate solution. He sent His son as the Savior from sin. Jesus Christ with all that wonderful freedom of will you and I have (minus sin in his blood), decided to walk and live God’s Word perfectly. Then after suffering the worst torture any human has endured, died, paying once and for all the price for everything that was ever wrong with you and me! He became sin for us so that if we chose to believe in him and that God raised him from the dead, we would be forevermore righteous in God’s sight! Now think about that for a moment. Once you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and believe God raised him from the dead, you are forevermore righteous in God’s sight. And in being made righteous by God Himself, never, ever have to fear again coming up short in His sight. That’s true freedom folks…but, it gets better.
Being now made free by God, you are now 100% free to choose how you live your life. Stay with me now! You simply cannot sin in God’s sight. You cannot. Because you behave so well? Of course not! Rather, because you chose to accept God’s sacrifice for you. Sidenote – if you revert back to earning God’s love and protection with your good behavior because something made you afraid, you go back to the ‘game of losers’ that no-one ever wins. And now paradoxically, for the first time in your life, you truly have freedom to decide how you will live. When you afraid of making God mad or losing God’s favor, you aren’t really choosing freely. I don’t know about you, but I want my children’s love and respect and trust to come from their hearts, freely and without fear. God is no different! He wants you to do what you really want to do. Don’t you think He can see through your rituals? Can you imagine that He already knows your heart isn’t in that behavior you are begrudgingly choosing? Really? He is God, after-all… Now I’m not saying anything goes or do as you please through life. You already know that doesn’t work. I’m saying stop doing stuff for God you really don’t want to do. You aren’t blessed, God isn’t blessed, so why do it?
You and I, as believers, are living life on the plus side of the ledger. We cannot dip into the red because Jesus Christ already paid the price for us. You wouldn’t pay more for something than it costs would you? Well, that’s what you do every time you try to earn God’s favor! Don’t go by what people say, go by what God says in His Word (you didn’t think I made this stuff up, did you?). Don’t rely on your Pastor or the TV or the Internet, find out for yourself what God says in His Word. Not too long ago dancing was a sin (smile).
Get off that high horse you have constructed over time and let God do for you what you were never able to do for yourself! A relationship with God isn’t all about you (what you do and don’t do, though the preachers beg to differ). Instead it’s all about what God has done for you in Christ Jesus.
Breathe in the fresh air of freedom folks; where there is no fear. You deserve that, don’t you think? Haha, well maybe not, but God made you deserving of it!
Just some really, really, really good thoughts…