Every moment of every day, every word we say, every thought we think, each and every deed we do or leave undone, shouts to the world the truth of our relationship to Christ.
There are no middle grounds, no gray areas, no easy pathways in Christendom: all is of Christ, for Christ, by Christ. Likewise there is no middle ground to be found in the world: the world is against Christ, therefore if we would be of the world, in the world and by the world, we are against Christ each and every step of the way.
We tend to ignore this for it is an inconvenient truth: our flesh wants one thing but Christ demands another. We’ll take both we think, therefore we loudly tout our supposed Christian liberty. In our rather carnal minds, Christian liberty is but a catch-phrase meaning “my way”; we justify this for we suppose that our God is such a loving God that He wouldn’t want us to be uncomfortable or unhappy…would He? “Well, of course not” we assure one another, and as we go our merry way, day-by-day, moment-by-moment, by this very belief, we elevate ourselves above Christ…Whom our loving God crushed.
Christian liberty? In many churches it is nothing more than another term for a license to sin, a supposed-freedom to do what we want, when we want, how we want but since we do it shouting “I love Jesus” and assuring ourselves and each other that “Jesus knows my heart” we are certain that we are still on our way to heaven. The trouble with it is, it’s all a lie. Christian liberty is the freedom found in Christ not to sin, it speaks of death to the old man and his ways and of the renewing of our hearts and minds and wills so that they are like Christ: like Christ Who loved God supremely and never failed to obey Him.
Are we in Christ? Many who think they are are sadly wrong. If we love Him as He has told us to love Him, we will obey Him and if we don’t love Him in the way which He has prescribed, we won’t. If we are not actively obeying Him, we are not His. “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6: 46) If we are not living our lives by His standards, if we are not doing the things which He says, we are not His…no matter how much we wish to think we are. In the end, the question remains: are you for Christ or are you against Him? Answer with your life.