I remember when my daughter was first allowed to ride her bike out of sight of the house. She was free to ride where ever she wanted as long as she didn’t cross a street. With the excitement of freedom she took off to discover new adventures. Very soon a quizzical girl returned asking, “But what if I want to go to the playground?” I replied with a question, “Do you need to cross a street to get to the playground?” The elation of new found freedom was replaced on her face with the realization that she wasn’t totally free from all constraints.
It is the same in our lives with Jesus – an abundant life is not necessarily an unconstrained life. Advice on a healthy body and budget can be summed up Live within your MEANS. Live within your SEAMS. It isn’t easy to save money always, nor is it easy to make healthy choices in diet. But the result of both offers freedom from debt and freedom from sickness.
In a life of discipleship we move asking what are we free from to asking what are we free to. Romans 6:23 states, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Are we free FROM death or free TOWARD life? Essentially the answer is yes to both questions. Our choice is whether we keep running from sin or begin running toward life. A simple shift in our attitude is the difference between life and death. I invite you to consider running toward life in Jesus to discover the freedom offered by God’s grace.
Peace and Blessings,
Rev. Jay Moyers
Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Mt. Sterling