Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence?

Freedom is not avoiding submission, it's the capability of saying "Yes." to submitting to God, even though He doesn't make us do that.

John 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

For those of us here in the US, Happy Independence Day!  It’s considerations of freedom and independence that caused me to tweet the statement at the top of today’s post.  Which brought the verse reference to mind.

If we look at the strong gods of most ancient societies, we see beings who are very human in all their qualities.  Some may have been partly animal of some sort.  But the thinking, emotions, reactions and actions were all super exaggerations of what we’re like.  Including  the insecurity that mandates unswerving, unquestioning obedience.  Sounds more like a dictatorship, doesn’t it?


Some might say that Jesus’ promise in John 8:36 doesn’t really sound a whole lot different from statements and promises of other “gods”.  But let’s look at the two preceding verses.  John 8:34-35 says, “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.”  In other words, sin separates us eternally from living in God’s eternal home.  And we have to remember that choosing against God is also such a sin.  Yet, unlike “other gods”, He gives us the choice.  Interesting contrast, isn’t it?

And those verses put John 8:36 in its proper perspective.  Because, as we know, the Son came to sacrifice Himself for us, so that we can have that choice.  And that’s what makes the call to dependence on God so precious.  We weren’t required to sacrifice to develop that relationship, which only would have fallen short.  Instead, He became our substitute.  Sounds like the kind of God anyone would want to ally themselves with, doesn’t He?

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Normally, I’d put a prayer list here.  You can find the most up to date list at the end of the last several posts.  But, here, I’d like to add one more prayer, appropriate to the subject of tonight’s post.  If you’ve never had a personal relationship with the Living God, pray to Him that He’ll make Himself real to you.  Talk to Him…because that’s all prayer really is…talking to God.  Pour out your heart and let Him show you what He can do in your life.  And, if you’ve accepted Jesus into your heart, feel free to leave a comment.

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