by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil…” (1 Peter 2:16a)
I hope you are finding this week’s series on what it means to be called helpful. So far we have explored that we are called to live for Jesus, walking in His light, letting Him take our place, and looking at our transformed lives with a new perspective. A new perspective grants you freedom in the Lord, which is a beautiful thing! There is a caution in this, however, when we look at the next step, because you can’t use your newfound freedom in Christ as an excuse for doing bad things.
The Apostle Paul taught about how God’s grace covers our sin, but that does not mean we should sin more in order to get more of God’s grace. Some people take advantage of God’s grace in this way, thinking that since they are already saved, they can do whatever they want and still get forgiveness. That is taking advantage of God, which He doesn’t appreciate one iota.
When you think of living free lives, you are free to do whatever you are led to do to help spread the grace and glory of God. As Peter writes later in chapter 2, we can follow Jesus’ example and do the right thing — even when it’s the hard thing — entrusting our fate to the One who judges justly, as opposed to some superficial standard apart from God’s grace.
You are free to live in God’s freedom. Don’t take advantage of it, but use that freedom to free you from the threat of what other people might do to you for walking Holiness Highway. Go Jesus’ way…it’s the only way!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the freedom you give me to live for you. Forgive me for the times I take advantage of that freedom, and help me to know that as I live for you, even the worst things people might do to me can’t compare to the glory you have in store for me. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.