Wednesday, April 6, 2011

You Did Good Today, Uncle (part 1)

What happens when someone encounters the deep truths of God’s Word and refuses to be changed? What would it look like if all of us who call Jesus Lord would be impacted to the point of action when we encountered God’s deep truths? I think it would start a revolution that could shake the planet if we could just figure out when to be what to whom.
“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NIV).
How can someone who is a slave be free? Is it possible that a person only begins to grasp the true measure of his or her freedom when he or she chooses to lay it down for the sake of another?

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

1 comment:

mac.joan said...

"How can someone who is a slave be free? Is it possible that a person only begins to grasp the true measure of his or her freedom when he or she chooses to lay it down for the sake of another?"

There is no human condition but that someone else has direct or indirect control over it. The Godhead is the top eschelon and the Father is supreme, but he has invited me into immediate fellowship with him and I have accepted!

What have I to lose if I lay down my life in his service?