Throwing Off Our Chains

Read it! John 8

“…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?”

(vs32&33)

Think it through

Viewing ourselves through the lens of truth is difficult.

Jesus told the Jews that his teachings, the truth, would set them free, but they just looked at one another and shrugged. They were living in a land where they were officially free—free to live and love and work and marry and worship their God. (Sound familiar?)

But Jesus explained that everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Not free, but bound by the habit of repeating our mistakes and the consequences of each choice. And we often miss this crucial perspective altogether.

Here’s some truth I frequently fail to see:

  • If I eat big desserts, I gain weight, and that makes me unhappy.
  • If I try to “sneak in” a little work time during the morning hours, I end up feeling overwhelmed, and guilty that I’m not spending the time with my kids.
  • If I stay up at night to read that one more chapter, I’m tired and cranky in the morning.

 

This is truth, and it’s a difficult perspective to take.

 

Live it like you mean it

What’s the truthful perspective on some of your problems?

What would happen if we faced these truths head on, if we embraced them, and changed our actions accordingly?

I’ve been trying to do this with the things I mentioned above. I do miss eating copious amounts of chocolate, but my pants are more comfortable. I feel a bit out of touch not checking email in the morning, but I’ve experienced the pleasant side effect of thinking about my work less (and I’m not writing emails in my head for later!). I do think I’ve been more present for my kids. And though my current read-for-pleasure book is lasting a loooong time, I’ve felt much more rested when I wake up.

None of these things have been easy or fun, but I love being set free of the consequences!

This week I’m challenging you to choose one area in which you’re tired of the same old consequences, then take a hard-core truthful perspective and change your behavior for the better.

Let the truth set you free!

 

Lift it up

Lord, I’m so weak and fallible. It’s so much easier to do what I want to do, what feels good in the moment… but then I hate being chained by the consequences. Please give me the strength to choose what’s best for me, and for my family, and for Your Kingdom. Grant me wisdom and an unlimited reserve of strength that comes from my love of You! You are the source of all good things and I praise You today. Amen.

 

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I’d love to be inspired by you! What’s one piece of truth you can share?

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