Not too many people are truly free. Today, the vast majority of people are slaves to their passions and pursuits without realizing they are controlled by the things they are pursuing. We live in a culture where we are told to satisfy ourselves & do whatever makes us happy. Well, Jesus had a totally different perspective. Jesus died so we would be able to experience true freedom at its best. The knowledge of truth allows us to experience real freedom in Jesus Christ (John 8:32). This doesn’t mean we get to do whatever we want. This means we are now in a place where we recognize there are so many things that we could do but we really just don’t desire to because we know they wouldn’t be beneficial for us. An example of this would be making the choice to not read a graphic book because it could input certain thoughts or images into our minds that would cause us to be vulnerable towards sin. When we walk with God, He gives us guidance and wisdom to learn what is good for us and what isn’t. Many of the choices people make in today’s world may seem innocent and harmless but in reality are far from God’s standards for us. These ways of life are subtle in the way they enter into our lives and before we know it, they turn into habits and eventually lifestyles. This is why it is important to review choices for your family together. It is important to seek God together on the things you will do as a family, the traditions you will develop as a family, things that are unique to your little family that are different from the ways and traditions of any of your friends or extended family. God has called you and your family towards a specific purpose and goal. Discovering this purpose will take sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, living in a way that others don’t and obeying the standards to which God has called you. This could mean choosing to not watch a certain TV show because it is something God wouldn’t want influencing your little one or it could mean having a routine & disciplined family time in the Word together. For my family and me, a practical application or display of obedience to the standards God has set for us, means turning life experiences into teachable moments where we apply Scriptural truths to daily living. These are all things every believer should already be doing or practically living out but the way it looks differs from one family to the next. When we are living by the standards God has called us to, because of our love for Him, only then will we be truly free. Otherwise living a God-centered life can easily turn into a set of rules or do’s and don’ts that children especially will come to dread. The life of a believer isn’t meant to be a set of rules. It is one where a Christ-centered relationship brings about the desire to die to ourselves. It is one where we grow to learn to think differently from the world and to daily make godly choices that will truly allow us to lead purposeful, selfless, & set-apart lives that will, ultimately, cause others to desire the living Christ in us.
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”