Free in Christ--"You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." John 8:32
What is truth? Jesus says, "I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life." John 14:6 If we know Jesus, we know the truth and we are free in Christ.
How am I free? I am free from slavery to sin and to my flesh. I have eternal life right now through Jesus Christ. I am free from the struggle to do right. Jesus lives his life through me (as I daily surrender to him) and works through me in service. My body is earthly and sinful, dying day by day, but my spirit is alive in Jesus and eternal. One day I will be set free from my earthly body--set free from wrong desires, wrong thoughts, wrong actions forever! But right now, through the power of Jesus, I can overcome my fleshly desires. He lives his life through me!
Like Martha, I have spent many years trying to serve and do things for God. But God wants me to be like Mary and know Him. As I know Him, I then serve Him out of love instead of obligation. I allow Jesus to work through me in ministry to others.
Note: The above is a work in progress and is based on my study of the book Grace Walk by Steve McVey, the books of Romans and John, and sermons by our pastor, Rob Zinn.
Earlier this week, I suggested to Jonathan that he visit Loyola Marymount, the graduate school he may be attending this fall, and peruse the bulletin boards for jobs and a place to live.
He replied, "Mom, Loyola is a Catholic school. Catholic schools don't have bulletin boards, they have stained glass windows. Baptists have bulletin boards. If Baptists saved relics like the Catholics, they'd hang them on bulletin boards."