Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. (1 Peter 2:16)
Pastor John’s Notes:
In the early church, some people misunderstood their new freedom in Christ and began to believe that because the grace of Christ covered their sin, that they were now free to continue in sin. Here is a silly limerick that expresses this sentiment:
Freed from the Law,
Oh happy condition!
I can sin as I please,
and still have remission!
Nothing could be farther from the truth! In Jesus Christ, we are indeed set free from the harsh obligations of laws of Moses, but we are not free from the spiritual Law of God! In Christ, we are no longer bound to serve an unbearable code of external observances, but we are not free to return to a life of disobedience! Instead, Jesus has set us free so that we could learn to live in spiritual harmony with God. Jesus has set us free from a childlike system of rewards and punishments so that we might learn true obedience of the heart. This spiritual obedience is spiritual maturity.
Father, raise me up into a life of spiritual maturity. Let me obey you not because the law demands it, but because I desire it. Let me never use your grace as a reason to return to a life of sin, but teach me to grow up in my faith and become spiritually mature. Then I will be useful to you in the work of your kingdom, a willing servant who knows your heart and is ready to serve your interests.