Devotion: Monday, October 29, 2018

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz, Today’s verse is from John 8:31-36, where the Bible says,

31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

There are Two Kinds of Freedom – one’s helpful, the other is absolutely Necessary!

There are two kinds of freedom in the world. One is the freedom that you and I can “earn” on our own. There are times when it seems like that freedom is secure, in our hands. There are other times when it seems like it is always slipping through our fingers, beyond our reach. The other freedom is the kind of freedom that God has to make happen by His work on your behalf. Can you guess which one lasts? Can you guess which one is absolutely indispensable? Right, it’s the one where the “Son sets you free” by His life, death, and resurrection for you.

This is Reformation weekend for many in the Christian Church. It’s a time when we celebrate the clear teaching of the Gospel that Jesus Christ came into this world to save us all, to forgive our sins, to offer us new life in Him by Grace, through Faith, Alone. But, it’s also a time to remember that the freedom of Faith undergirds all other freedoms as well. People today often don’t realize that many of the teachings that go along with such a Gospel message helped bring more “temporal freedom and liberty” to this sinful world too.

Consider just a few things. The idea that your life is precious to God and therefore precious to each other just because He created and redeemed you, that teaching undergirds what we in America call, “The Bill of Rights.” Also, the idea of a right for all to be “educated.” That impulse grew out of the Reformation. When Martin Luther rediscovered the unique teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he wanted to make sure that everybody could read it for themselves. Such a thing was unheard of in many other parts of the world, then and now. And, finally, the message that God sent His Son into the world to save we who were rebels, sinners, and unworthy of His grace…such a “FOR YOU” message undergirds the ideas of the dignity of human beings even in their brokenness, and the mercy that we all need not just for this life, but for eternity.

So, this weekend, take a moment to thank God for the liberties that you have, especially because voting day is on the horizon. But never forget the LIBERTY that is the foundation of them all, the one that comes from the Son. One’s helpful, worth defending….one’s absolutely necessary, worth believing.

PRAYER; Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for the eternal liberties of your grace, and the temporal liberties we enjoy in this country. Help us to receive them and use them to your glory and to our neighbors good. AMEN.