Thursday, July 9, 2009

2 Corinthians 3 -- Freedom

Here in the third chapter of 2 Corinthians we have the often quoted verse, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom". Paul is writing this to a group of people who feel trapped by many things. Trapped by the Roman government, trapped by a city of sin and list, Corinth was not the most pure of locations, and trapped in a religious system of laws and regulations. To these trapped people Paul reminds them they are free, not because of the law or what they do or do not do, rather because of Jesus Christ.

Freedom is one of those hallmark values in America, and we hold it high. Yet most of us do not experience the freedom we love so much. Especially when we look at the lives of those endeavoring to follow Jesus, we find people who appear to be even more trapped. Isn't amazing the most free people on the face of the planet, Followers of Jesus, live a life which seems to have no evidence of that freedom. Paul reminds the church at Corinth and us, that the glory of Christ should be seen on our face. The freedom we have been granted should not be heard with words, rather seen and experienced.

When we our faces are sour and our life is one of captivity, it is harder to see the glory of Christ in us. When people cannot see the glory of Christ in us, they are pretty closed to the idea of following Christ. Life is hard enough and has enough challenges than to be burdened with religion. I wonder what would happen if people experienced Christ Followers who were living in the freedom that comes from the Spirit of the Lord?

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