As we matured, our parents gave us new privileges and perks according to how well we had handled ourselves. When we proved to stop on a dime when called, they allowed us to run ahead of them on the sidewalk. As we made good decisions with regards to the friends we met, they gave us longer curfews. Bit by bit, inch by inch we moved towards freedom and being allowed to make independent decisions.
That is the both the beauty and the curse of life ...that we are free to choose for ourselves.
Some of life’s choices are black and white. Whew! That doesn’t mean that they are easy to live by, but at least we know for sure what is expected. You know, the Ten Commandments are a clue for us. Let’s not go out and kill anyone today. Sound good? Great!
But then there are the grey areas. Like drinking alcohol. I mean, the Bible doesn’t say we shouldn’t drink, just that we shouldn’t get drunk. Or how about listening to certain music? Or how about making out on a date? We spend a lot of time sitting around debating what a permissible perk is …or not.
Sigh. Here’s the deal, Christ died for us. He was brutally maimed and crucified for our sins and yet we crave compromise ...wondering how close to the fire we can walk without getting burned... .
Instead of debating how far is too far, what if we were to challenge each other to see how close we can get to Him ...how holy of a walk we can live? Not to be filled with pride, but in response to the truth—filled with awe, love, respect and wonder for the One who gave His all for us?
As we mature in the Lord, we should be proving to be faithful and trustworthy, making bold decisions–dead to our own fleshly desires, but craving more and more of His holiness.
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up—(1 Corinthians 10:23, ESV).
Lord, forgive us for living lives of compromise. Help us today to cast off our selfish ways and to instead respond to your love in complete and total abandon, Amen.
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