Galatians tells us that we have been set free from the bonds of religion. The institutionalized demands which we would have to live by if Christianity was a religion in the sense of us having to earn favor of God are far greater than achievable. Luckily, as Christians, we do not have to earn our way to God. Rather, God has stepped down into our presence and became like us, walking in our shoes and bridging the gap to us. Rather than us having to work our way up, he came down and so we have a chance for relationship with him.
One of my favorite passages dealing with the “so what” then comes from Romans 6. You see, the first 5 chapters of Romans, Paul has been pounding the idea of grace, grace, grace. With such a heavy emphasis on grace being what saves us and nothing which we do, Paul moves to answering a question which he speculates to come up then about continuing to sin. Paul says “What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?” (Rom 6:1-2 NRSV).
So what is Paul saying here? We have been saved by grace, but this is not a get out of jail free or a fire insurance card. Paul is saying that if you have indeed been saved by grace you are a new being, because as he goes on he says “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:3-4).
You see, we who have been saved have died to our sins and shame and are new creations. We can live in the freeing life which he has given us. Freedom from our sins, as well as the bondage of having to “do enough.” Yet, we do not use this to live how we please. As Jesus says, you will know a tree by its fruit. If we have accepted Jesus and truly are believers of him, we will be living differently. It will be evident in our lives for others to see.
You see, we are free from the bondage of needing to do enough to earn God’s favor. Yet, because of what he has done and our love and appreciation for him, we should be living for him in all that we do. As cliche as it sounds, Christ died for us. The least we can do is live for him. So why don’t we do that? Why do we not live for Christ because of what he has done for us.
I love you guys, and so does Jesus. I hope you continue to long for this water, and continue to drink from it as well. Until next time, blessings to you and your family,