In South Africa, today we celebrate Freedom Day!
It’s a day that we as a nation celebrate the first non-racial elections of 27 April 1994. More info HERE
So being the thinker that I am. I thought of one of the scriptures about Freedom that comes to mind. Galatians 5: 1
We are offered this freedom. We are given it. But so often… we revert to our old ways… because enslaved by the yoke of slavery…
Firstly, when last have you thanked God for your freedom?
Secondly, how does your life reflect one that is living free? (Sadly, we can look out at others and even ourselves… and we look like a miserable lot.)
You have been set free!
Thirdly, in what areas of your life… to you keep slipping back into “slavery”?
NOW FOR THE FOOTBALL ANALOGY:
There is this common misconception a lot of people have about Christianity:
“I don’t want to be a Christian, because it’s full of rules.”
Now let’s focus on football. What are some of the rules?
i) Only 11 players per team on the field.
ii) No off-sides!
iii) No picking up the ball.
iv) No running out of the lines.
These rules don’t take away from the game do they?
Does Hazard (or Messi, Salah, Erikson, Ronaldo – you can use any name here) think this when they step on that field: “Oh dear, I have to concentrate on all these rules to play this game properly?”
No they don’t! They’re probably are so thrilled to play the game that they love so much. Football is not about the rules for them. It’s about playing the game!
And same with following God?
I don’t do it because of the rules.
The rules don’t define me.
My relationship with God is what it’s about.
In learning from Jesus.
Trying to reflect His nature as His child…
You know what happens…?
I end up living in the rules anyway.
But my focus is not the rules.
It’s God Himself.
So as a follower of Christ – I am free. I live in that freedom! I’m not bound by crippling rules. In fact, some of the rules… turn out pretty good…
Think about football again…
ALL players would dislike it if one could just pick up the ball and throw it in the goals.
One team of 11 would hate playing against a team of 22.
The rules add to the quality of the game. Maybe that’s a way of seeing some of the “rules of Christianity” ? How do they give life?
Happy Freedom Day!