“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
Every single one of us has sinned. We’re all guilty before a perfect God and have no chance at perfection. But there’s a hero to this story. There’s a Redeemer who sets us free from the condemnation that’s owed to us. We have been forgiven if we’ve put our trust in Christ Jesus.
The work of Jesus Christ on the cross accomplished what you and I could never achieved for ourselves. Under the Law, we could never reach the expectations of a holy God who requires perfection. The Law is restrictive, Christ is freeing. We’ve been freed from sin and empowered to obey, but we’ll still never make it to the perfection the Law requires. We’re still human. God knew we would never live up to the Law. It’s why He sent His Son to fulfill the Law that we might be freed from it’s bondage. Now it serves as a reminder that we need Him every single day.
We all have that choice to make. Just because we have been saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ doesn’t mean we live effective lives. We have to choose each day to listen to God’s voice as He directs us. Though some times will be painful, we can choose to continue. Though some days are harder than others to even get out of bed, we can choose to remember all that God has done for us. We can choose to love. Freedom from the Law is freedom to walk in love, and in doing so to fulfill the Law.
Submission to God means seeking first what He wants. The truth that isn’t always communicated in the church environment is that following Jesus is hard. It’s not always going to be easy or comfortable to follow Jesus. There are struggles and battles to be faced. The good news is, He knows better than we do what’s good for us.
God’s children live differently than the rest of the world. We’re not concerned with the things that burden the lost. We’re able to walk in a godly confidence because we know that the Lord is all-powerful and He is good. When you surrender your life over to Jesus Christ. God takes what was once dead and makes it alive (Ephesians 2:5). If you are His, He’s brought you to life because now it’s no longer you who live, but Christ in you (Galatians 2:20).
We’re incapable of living on our own. Without Him we’re the walking dead, going through the motions but not really living. With Him there’s no end to the possibilities.
Matt Cochran is the children’s ministry director at Christ Fellowship of Tampa, serving over KidCity and Awana. He has a seminary degree in discipleship ministries and formerly served in the United States Marine Corps. He has been married to Rose for over a decade and they have three children.
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