I’ve had this title on my list for several months now. Today I had a great reminder of how great it is to be free under the grace of God. Since Cheri, our boys, and I were all home today, we went to a movie as a family, something we rarely have the opportunity to do. I posted something about it on my Facebook wall, and one of my old roommates from college expressed mock outrage that I was attending a movie.
We attended a Christian university that taught us that it was wrong as Christians to go to movies. In fact, they taught that it was wrong as Christians to do all kinds of things, so much so that it was oppressive. Instead of growing in my relationship with Christ while I was attending a Christian university, I spent all of my time either trying to measure up to what a Christian should be, or feeling defeated because I couldn’t measure up to what they said God expected of me.
After Cheri and I moved to the
area in the mid 1980’s, we were blessed to sit under the teaching of Dr. Charles Stanley. It was refreshing to learn that we have great freedom in God’s grace, and we don’t need to try to measure up. We can’t do anything to earn God’s grace. He gives His grace to us freely and abundantly. Once the burden of oppression was removed, I began to grow again in my relationship with Christ. Atlanta
Galatians 5:13 tells us, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Christianity is not a list of requirements that must be met in order to earn and maintain favor with God. It’s a call to freedom in Christ, to love and to serve others.
Freedom under the grace of God is a wonderful thing. Enjoy it!