Tidings for Tuesday

Now the Lord is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17

People in the apartment building had not seen the old lady for awhile. Not that they ever saw much of her; she kept to herself and rarely went out. She spoke to those she met, but kept conversations brief, and had no close friends among the folks in the building. After a week of not seeing her or not hearing any sounds from her apartment, some of the neighbours called the authorities. Police who entered the apartment were appalled at the poverty they encountered, with no food in the cupboards, and very little furniture – none of it of any real value. In the bedroom, they found the body of the old woman, who was later found to have died of malnutrition. As they searched the apartment, the officers discovered a bag containing several hundred thousand dollars. In addition, they found a stack of uncashed pension cheques. With wealth at her fingertips, the woman had died like a pauper. She was like some Christians, who never avail themselves of the liberty that God has brought us into.

Romans 8:15 tells us we have received the spirit of adoption, allowing us to claim our relationship with our heavenly Father. No royalty on earth can claim such a relationship or have access to such a family. We have been brought into a royal household and will forever be free to enjoy our Father’s presence. Do we appreciate this liberty?

Earlier in the chapter in which our text is found, Paul speaks of us being made able ministers of the new testament. This tells us that we have been given the liberty to serve our God and His Gospel. We were unable to do so before we were saved.In fact, were incapable of wanting to serve God. But that great barrier has been removed with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. A great door of opportunity has been presented to us to serve our God in many ways. Do we exercise this liberty as we should?

In Psalm 32:8, we read, I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Before we were saved, we knew nothing of such instruction and guidance, but now that we belong to God, we have the liberty to allow Him to teach us and to direct our paths aright. How open are our hearts to His instruction and our feet to His guidance?

Before He returned to Heaven, the Lord Jesus told His disciples that they would receive power through the Holy Spirit, to become witnesses unto Him in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8). How much of this great liberty to witness do we access?

The Spirit of the Lord is with us today; let us exercise the liberties that He has granted to us. – Jim MacIntosh

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