The truth will set you free

29 03 2011

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed…“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8: 34-38, 58)


Sometimes I wonder why God created the laws he did. Why these particular 10 commandments? What makes something wrong and something else right? The last few days, through a sermon at church on the importance of scripture in our lives and some great conversations with my friend Jenn, I feel like this idea of “why these rules” is entirely the wrong perspective. It shouldn’t be a question of “why these,” but it should be a comment of “Thank you God for boundaries that benefit us, whatever they might be.”

One thing that I hear a lot from people is that Christians are no fun, that we are rule-followers, boring, bland, blah. People wonder why we follow these teachings, and if we even need to follow the Bible. Even many Christians question the need for following these “rules” in contrast to a God full of grace.


But to me, the “rules” make my life better, full of joy and glory for God. The teachings of Jesus were not given to us to harm us, or to make our lives miserable, full of guilt when we break the rules, or full of shame for not following them. Instead, these boundaries were set because before we were, He was. God knows what we need more than we do. The boundaries in Jesus’ teaching set us free to live a life that gives glory to God rather than us, a life abundant in joy without the baggage of sin. Jesus’ teachings are to help us, and if there is ever a time that I have realized that, it is now.

God has opened miraculous doors for me this year, through allowing me to raise the money needed to work at Amor, giving me an incredible group of friends, hope, confidence and my returning joy. Things I thought I could never do, God has made possible as I continue to follow Him daily. And as I look back, I have realized that the freedom I feel, the joy that is mine, is only possible because I have left my perspective of “rule-following” behind and embraced the truth of freedom in boundaries.


In His love,




2 responses

29 03 2011

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23 08 2011
Jim Danner

Great Stuff – thanks for writing these blogs…yes, it helps me, too, to realize that the rules come because He is a God of love. He says, “Man, I am not trying to hold you back – I am crazy about you and here is the best way to live. This is how I set up life.” Like with my kid – I say, “Bud, I love you but do you see why I said not to touch the hot stove?” I guess both of us are growing up together.

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