“I have the freedom to do anything, but not everything is helpful. I have the freedom to do anything, but I won’t be controlled by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12
There are some scriptures that are problematic for many. This could certainly be one of them. By the way, scriptures SHOULD ABSOLUTELY be problematic and cause tension.
Freedom in Christ means something much different from how we typically think of freedom.
When we think of freedom, we often label it as being able to do whatever we want, whenever we want, however we want.
Remember when you were a kid and you thought, I can’t wait until I’m an adult and I am going to “X,Y,Z” and no one can tell me what to do.
For me, it was I wanted to eat ice cream whenever I want.
The reality is that when we actually become an adult and have to pay to do things, we have bills that never stop coming, we can’t just eat whatever we want because it effects our health. That freedom is as much defined by our bank accounts as it is your desires.
Jesus taught us that true freedom requires sacrifice, judgement, and commitment.
The author of 1 Corinthians is reminding us that we need discretion, even when no one else is practicing it.
We can do anything we want yet not everything leads us deeper into relationship with God. Some things, it turns out, actually pull us away from God.
We also know that sometimes the things we think we want to do end up controlling us and negatively affecting our lives. When we seek pleasure, for example, those can turn into addictive behaviors and destroy our relationships.
While we candidly share all that we gain from a relationship with Jesus, we don’t always like to talk about the things we must give up in order to follow Jesus.
Social media has tapped into our innate fear of missing out and that has spilled into nearly all aspects of life and yet the author of 1 Corinthians is reminding us that there is freedom in not doing things. There is freedom in not having things or doing things.
Sometimes, those “things” become walls to our relationship with Jesus AND our relationship with each other. Think about how quickly you can become burned out by going everywhere and of course doing anything and everything.
I pray that this week you are able to see the beauty in saying no. I pray you hear God reminding you that you don’t need external factors for your happiness and contentment. As cliché as it might sound, true happiness is not found in a significant other, a number on a bank statement, an experience or trip, or even the perfect job. True contentment and happiness come in knowing your freedom does not exist in anything outside of you.
May it be so,
Rev. Lou Ward
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