It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. Galatians 5:13 MSG
I will never forget a sermon I heard at youth camp on time, with this being the main verse.
I couldn’t tell you which camp, or camp pastor, but I do remember what he said.
When we take advantage of the freedom that Christ gives us, we are making the blood of Christ something cheap.
That hit me to my core.
When people have the mentality of, “well, Jesus will forgive me anyway, so it doesn’t matter if I keep doing it… I’m saved… He loves me regardless of the sins I’m committing…” thats when they are treating the blood that Jesus shed something that isn’t worth much at all.
When something isn’t worth a lot to you, you abuse it. For example, a VHS tape or a rental car.
We have some VHS tapes. Don’t even have a player. Not sure why we keep them. (Marking that on my to do list…) I saw some VHS tapes for sale at a consignment shop and I thought, “really? VHS?” My kids will never see those. Will never know that those were before DVD’s.
I remember when DVD’s came out. (Tells my age…) Anyway… back on to subject.
Have you ever been in a rental car?
No one, I repeat, NO ONE treats their rental car like their own. If they drop a french fry.. so what. If they spill a little coke in the cup holder.. no biggie. If they hit a pot hole going 45.. whoops.
I remember us getting a rental car when Wesley’s car had been in a wreck. Insurance was paying for it. Wesley popped the hubcaps off and literally pulled the parking break and slid down the driveway EVERY TIME we came home. Not kidding. Would he have done that in HIS car?
NO WAY. That was the car He had when we got married. He threatened people with their lives if they decorated it at our wedding. No one touched it.
Back on track… Sorry.. Must have some rabbits in my head this morning.
When something isn’t valuable, we treat it like it isn’t valuable.
So continuing to sin, and telling ourselves (or others!) that God’ll forgive you anyway is treating Jesus like he isn’t valuable to you.
And we all know that isn’t true.
And there is a difference between sinning like that, and the ones we wish we could stop doing. I’m always catching myself, after I’ve sinned, after I’ve had those thoughts, thinking, “Why did I do that? Why did I say that? What was I thinking?”
Those sins are different. I don’t think in my head, “Oh, He’ll forgive me, I’ll do it anyway…”
With Christ, the whole easier to ask forgiveness than permission thing doesn’t work. He knows what’s going on in your head.
Even if you don’t say “He’ll forgive me, etc.” and you do the sin after debating about doing it – you are treating him cheaply.
Remember His value. He set us free. He gave us power that is beyond anything we’ve ever known. He beat death and the grave. He freed us from sin, bondage, weakness, sickness, and eternity in hell.
He gave us his life. That wasn’t cheap, it wasn’t free. It was priceless. Lets remember to treat it as such.
We are AAAALLLLLmost done with our shop. Got a couple of things here, couple of things there, and we will be DONE. And I’m so glad. I’ll be happy to have Wesley back in the house and around if I need him. I’ll also be glad to not be helping him on it. We both get frustrated when I “help”.
I am also working on hand towels for a small craft show coming up Monday. I’m excited about selling some stuff. And I’m sure you’ve all seen the little commercial for ‘Square’ that lets you accept credit and debit cards on the go? Well, I’ve got one! So I’ll be able to accept credit transactions in case someone doesn’t have any cash (which is like… everyone..).
I’m hoping Lucy and Judah will be good for me that day… I know they will. I’ve been super blessed with good kids. Lucy obeys, and is (for the most part) polite. I’ll show you what I mean later. And Judah.. well… he just lays around and eats and poops. That’s about it.
We’ve been doing a little bit of potty training with Lucy, but its been cold, so I try to keep her legs warm, but she’s gotta wear the panties or training pants.. it always ends up like her looking like a small bohemian hobo. A cute bohemian hobo.
And finally.. what I meant by her being polite most of the time. Here’s a video of Lucy calling me. She was calling the dog the other day, and then she realized that I’m not the only one who can say “come here”. So.. pretty much randomly throughout my day I hear, “Mama! C’mere! Mama! C’mere!” It’s so adorable I always go… I know it will get old, but for now its just cute.