We are free!

God has given his only Son to set our sins free!  “For the law of the Spirit of life in Jesus Christ has set me free from the law of sin and death.  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do:  sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”  Romans 8:2-5 (RSV)

Have you ever set something free?  Last summer, we had a squirrel that got stuck in the pole of our basketball goal in the backyard.  We noticed it when our dog’s attention was transfixed at something within the bottom of the goal.  Knowing our dog, I thought a rock had gotten lodged under the pole that she was trying to engage in play.  I took a kitchen knife and slid it under the pole, hoping to disengage the presumed stone.  I proceeded to wake up the sleeping squirrel that had spent a long night lodged in the bottom of the basketball pole.  Boy, did that squirrel have a story to chatter at me!  My husband and I decided it was best if we tried to free the squirrel from inside the post.  My husband carefully unscrewed the bolts on one side so he could tilt the basketball goal over to a point the squirrel might escape.  I imagined the squirrel would dash away as soon as there was just enough room to escape.  However, the squirrel huddled in his spot until he could fully assess that all danger had passed and the coast was clear.

That is how I sometimes see our relationship with Christ.  While Christ has set our sins free, we often times are unsure of his unconditional love and we hesitate for various reasons.  However, by accepting the Spirit of Christ, our spirits are allowed eternal life.  With God on our side, there should be no fear.  We need to allow our faith to be led by the Spirit of God and in turn, pass that faith unto others so that they too, might know and trust in God and be free!

God our Father, thank you for your gracious gifts.  Help us to accept your gifts of grace, love, and mercy so that we can be made free in the Spirit and live our life through Christ.  Amen

Wendy Saathoff


2 comments (Add your own)

1. Kim wrote:
What a great illustration of how fear makes us cower in darkness when, with just a tiny bit of faith, we could run into the light.

Thu, April 16, 2009 @ 1:39 PM

2. Vikki wrote:
Wendy - I love the way you used this story to help us (me) understand why we act "squirrely" sometimes instead of confidently. No fear!

Thu, April 16, 2009 @ 2:17 PM

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