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Called Out, But Free

I was thinking yesterday as I was driving off with my boys how nice it is to really be free from constraint.  If I want to drive down a particular road I can.  If I want to stay at home, I can.  I have no place that I HAVE to go, and nothing that forces me to do very much of anything.  Seriously, outside of paying taxes, and following some pretty common sense laws ( don’t steal, don’t kill, respect others stuff), I can pretty much do anything I want to do.

That’s a pretty amazing blessing.

“I have the right to do anything,”

Yes!  What a great right! Yet, is a bound we should still give consideration?  Paul writes these words to the believers at Corinth, who also experienced the great blesses of a society that valued freedom.

12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything 1 Corinthians 6:12

And that is where the boundary is.  The boundary we self impose lies where things are beginning to not be beneficial or helpful for us and others, and where the thing you do has become your master.  As we approach Memorial Day, lots of people will be thinking about the gift of freedom, as we should.  Just a quick reminder to make sure you are always examining the way you use that wonderful freedom you have received and to remind you that as believers we need to make sure our freedom choices are in line with the requests of the Lord.

17 Therefore,
“Come out from them
and be separate,says the Lord. 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

 

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