Whatever your worry – whatever binds you from being everything God has created you to be – through the power of God in Jesus Christ, you are loosed. The love of God in Jesus Christ frees you from all that keeps you from living into God’s will for your life. And there is but one proper response: the community rejoices. Your freedom is my freedom; Jesus’ freedom is our freedom.
We want concrete realities, and for those whom it benefits, we desire to maintain the status quo … we want to proclaim our truth without being told we are wrong. But in the resurrection, we are offered a new truth, a new promise – that life wins out over death.
Jesus doesn’t sugar coat the call to faithfulness. He really expects us to sell our possessions and give the money to the poor. What does this mean for faithful disciples today?
Our nature is to read what makes us feel good about our faith. We stop reading when we feel like we’ve got our life right with God, and skip the hard texts that teach true holiness. This is one of those texts, which calls us to more than just a ‘personal relationship with God.’
Paul makes a compelling argument that if you’re going to live by the law, you will be held accountable to all the laws. Or, you can live by Christ. Is it really that simple?
The words of Christ do not allow us to write off reconciliation for long simply because the ideal isn’t possible. We have to own our messes, and seek to engage in the forgiving grace of God’s love.