A Life in Balance #13 (Freedom)

Last week I revealed a few of my idols.  Maybe you have some of the same reoccurring idols or maybe yours are different.  It does not matter what your idols are we all have them. 

We all have times when life is out of balance. We all have times when our hearts and minds confide in something other than Jesus.  So…where does that leave us?  Are we stuck in this cycle of living an unbalanced life?  Well…Kind of because there is going to be a constant battle of what should be god in our lives. 

We may struggle with idols BUT there is still much hope.  The hope just isn’t found in us.  It’s not found in what we do.  It’s not found in our ability to balance life or all the things we do out. Our hope is not found in our ability to keep God as God in our lives.

Our hope is found in Jesus and all he has already accomplished for us.  It means we get to do all these things but they do not have to become our gods.  We can take the burden of being our god off of these things and off of ourselves. 

We are going to get out of balance.  Life is going to get out of balance.  We are going to throw life out of balance BUT we still have hope.  We can remember all that Christ has done.

He declared himself to be God over the Israelite’a and he declares it over us too.

He clothed Adam and Eve with a sacrifice and he clothes us with His sacrifice.

He illustrated for us how far he would go to get us back in the story of Hosea.

The beauty is not found in our ability to live our lives.  The beauty is not found in how we balance it all out.  The beauty is found in our lives because Jesus is in our lives.  He is not there because of something we have done.  He is there because of the fierce love God has for his people.

This week we are going to look at the now what question.  Jesus did all of this for us…now what?…Does that mean I can stop doing laundry and making supper?…You guessed right…No, it does not.

It may not mean that you can quit doing those things but when life is in balance and our idols are not crowding us there is freedom.  We have the freedom to do the things God has called us to do.  We have the freedom to do our laundry or run a business.  We have the freedom to be a mom and not hold our children as idols.  We have the freedom to be a spouse and not hold our husband or wife as an idol.  Freedom is a beautiful thing.  Our freedom in Christ and how that effects our daily life is what we are going to look at this week.

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