The Responsibility of Freedom

Living in freedom comes with responsibility.

20170801-THE-RESPONSIBILITY-OF-FREEDOM-JESUS-MADE-FREE-quoteThat responsibility can be found in Matthew 28: “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20

This is The Great Commission.  They are some of Jesus’ last words to His disciples before ascending to Heaven. He has claimed all authority through His death, burial and resurrection, and now He’s leaving to sit at the right hand of His Father.  Jesus tells His disciples that it’s time for them to use His authority.  It’s time for them to do everything He taught them to do.  He has made freedom available to all mankind through His finished work and wants that freedom to spread to every corner of the earth.

This Great Commission was not only to Jesus’ first disciples, but to all of us.

Jesus called us all to spread His message of truth and freedom wherever we go.  He didn’t save us just for the purpose of our own personal abundant life. He blessed us, so we could bless others.

“’You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;  nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

The way we live should be a constant testimony to God’s goodness in our lives. That goodness will be what attracts other people to us. They won’t be attracted to us for our own sake, but because the life of God flowing out of us.  They’ll be drawn to the Holy Spirit in us without being able to explain it.  When they ask why we’re so joyful, blessed and peaceful, we’ll be able to tell them that Jesus is the source of all the good in our lives.

THE-RESPONSIBILITY-OF-FREEDOM-testimony-of-gods-goodness-quoteTelling others about the love of our Heavenly Father is the most valuable thing we could ever do for them.

The best message a prisoner can receive is that he’s free. In the same way, the greatest thing the world could ever hear is God’s forgiveness for them. It’s our privilege and responsibility to do just that.

“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NLT)

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