In my reading this week, I came across this quote from Robert Capon discussing our freedom in Christ:
“If we are ever to enter fully into the glorious liberty of the children of God, we are going to have to spend more time thinking about freedom than we do. The church, by and large, has had a poor record of encouraging freedom. It has spent so much time inculcating in us the fear of making mistakes that it has made us like ill-taught piano students: we play our pieces, but we never really hear them because our main concern is not to make music but to avoid some flub that will get us in trouble. The church, having put itself in loco parentis (in the place of a parent), has been so afraid we will lose sight of the need to do it right that it has made us care more about how we look than about who Jesus is – made us act more like subjects of a police state than fellow citizens of the saints.”
I’m not sure why, but my heart resonated with these words. I want to be like David who threw off all pretense, ego, and literally his clothing and danced before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:14). I want to dance. Not literally dance, because quite frankly I’m not very good at it, but dance in the sense that I want to really live life to the fullest. I want to take hold of the abundant life Christ offers in John 10:10. I want to take hold of the freedom won by Christ on the cross. Paul says in Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Church let us shake off the dust of the old self, shake off the yoke of manmade laws and traditions and live in the freedom won for us by the Sovereign of the Universe. God has made us individually unique and corporately one, in order to display the excellencies of His glory in Christ. May we stop conforming to the patterns of this world, but rather conform to the image of the Son, Jesus Christ.
– Pastor Corey Mitchell