Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"It's My Life And I'll Do What I Want!"

It's a popular thought. Somehow we have come to think that as people we owe nothing to no one and we are free to do what we wish as long as we do not cause harm or interfere with others rights.

Sounds good. Even looks good on paper if it's presented in an articulate enough manner.

However, no matter how we slice it or examine it, it's a false ideology.

Hey, it's my life!

Well, not really. Kinda.

I know this isn't going to sit well with some, but you're owned.

Disturbing? Sure, if you allow the flesh to rise, if you allow the processes take hold that would encourage us to believe that we are the master of our own situation, captain of our own ship, etc.

But if we are willing to entertain the Spirit and at least listen to the Word of God, we will see that the concept is false.

Here's what Paul says:

1 Corinthians 6:20 (Amplified Bible)

(20) "You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body."

Purchased. Redeemed is a better choice.

Redeemed by the blood of Christ and adopted into the family of God.


Paul in some other epistles actually speaks of being a slave to Christ. A slave that is held by love.

The antithesis to the slavery that we have grown to hate and abhor, is the slavery to Christ which is voluntary and based upon love.

It's our redemption that has been paid for which has won our freedom from the literal bondage and slavery of an ugly, selfish and degrading existence.

Some people would bristle at that. "My life is a good life. I get along just fine without God!"

Uh-huh. Let me know how that eventually all works out for you.

So, while in practice you have the right to denounce that ownership, or even completely ignore it, realistically you belong to God and there is a penalty for that rejection.

Accept or reject, you have been bought by Christ regardless.

Sooner or later you will acknowledge it. Someday EVERY knee will bow, EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! (Php. 2:9-11; Rom.14:11).

I would rather bow in love than bow in shame.

God takes this so seriously that ultimate rejection of what Christ has done for the human race is the grounds for eternal death.

Eternal life in Christ. Eternal death in the rejection of Christ.

You've been bought but He leaves the choice of your eternal disposition up to you.

He's a fair and equitable God. He loves you enough to allow you to thrive or even perish if that is your heartfelt determination.

I sense in my spirit today that there is someone who will read this who is trapped in a precarious place of indecision, that they don't know how to get out of something they've gotten themselves into. Yield to Christ and the right thing you already know you should do.

My prayer for all of you today is that you thrive. That you would yield even the slightest reservation to the One who has given the ultimate sacrifice so that you may have the most abundant life.

Be blessed today.

If you run even the smallest detail by Jesus first, it may largely effect your life!

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><

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