Friday, November 19, 2021
Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 2
Competition’s commitment motivates athletes to follow tightly structured lives. Following through with good diets, their discipline includes completing sport-specific mental and physical training. Truly, a holistic spiritual strategy.
Spiritual commitment motivates disciples of Jesus to tightly hold Scripture’s truths. We are committed to “working out,” our faith (Philippians 2:12). We pray, listen, internalize and engage faith in ways similar to athletic competition (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
The necessity of adequate sleep, as well as completing a careful workout routine, might sound confining. Athletes report the exact opposite experience. Within the confines of both mental and physical practice resides freedom to become the finest athlete of which you are capable. Again, for disciples the favorable comparison is for all who have eyes to see.
Disciples believe it is precisely this vision which makes life worth living. Jesus explained in these words, “… If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). We rejoice. Freedom is the outcome of following Christ.
Writing in harmony, two of our first brothers in the faith, emphasized freedom’s value. The first declared, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1a). Proclaiming the same pattern of faith, the other disciple wrote, “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil…” (1 Peter 2:16). The two voices sound remarkably the same.
As a disciple have you discovered freedom in Christ?
As a disciple do you find yourself feeling bound?
Reflecting more intensely: What is God’s purpose in granting disciples the freedom of which Christ speaks in John 8:31-32? If you do a word search on “freedom,” in the New Testament what results do you find compelling?
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