Yesterday I wrote about the freedom we have in Christ, that we are no longer live under the law but live by the Spirit. Today I want to mention a few laws that not only don’t apply to us, but that you should feel free to break with impunity.
- Stop trying to die to self:
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20.)
You’ve been crucified with Christ. Any dying to do has already been done by Jesus on the cross. It’s not about dying any longer. It’s about living. “Christ lives in me.” Don’t die to self. Live the life Jesus is living through you!
- Stop tithing:
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7.)
Nowhere does any writer under the New Covenant – not Paul or Peter or James or John or anyone – say anything about Christians giving 10% of anything. So what number should you choose? It’s a matter of the heart, a matter of what gives you a cheerful heart. That’s how much you should give. Anything that feels like compulsion (say, for example, a 10% rule) is out of the question. You might give less than 10% and you very well may find that you give more. Do it cheerfully either way!
- Stop relying on your Quiet Time to get you through the day:
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. (James 2:19.)
Having a morning quiet time is not a guarantor of a good day, and acting like it is sounds more like voodoo than a spiritual discipline. Don’t get me wrong, I love what God teaches me in my Bible reading and in prayer times. But it’s God who gets me through the day, not the fact that I was able to do my QT!
Do This/Don’t Do That Is Nonsense
There are more that you could come up with, I’m sure (and I’d love to read them in the comments!). But you see my point: Christ does not want us to bear a burden of do-this-don’t-do-that. What are we supposed to do, then?
Love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:10.)
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. (James 2:8.)
The only law we have now is love, and following the law of love should not make you feel bad. So I say that if what you are doing feels like a burden and is making you miserable, stop it. Stop it immediately.
Don’t worry about the results of stopping those things, either. You have the Spirit of Christ living in and through you, and that means you are free:
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18.)
If you want something to do, contemplate God’s glory. It’s glorious, transforming, and free. And I bet God will do some wonderful things through you too.