Day 5 – 1 Peter 2:13-25

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution…emperor…or governors…

…if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,

Be subject but live free.  (That’s a sermon I’d love to hear Christine Caine or Jen Hatmaker preach.) I’m not quite sure how to organize the information but I know there is a pony in there somewhere.  What follows are random thoughts:

What does it look like to “be subject” to my government?  Do it for the Lord’s sake.

If I know that often suffering will come to me for the very reason that I have embarked on a mission to do what is good, will I do what is good anyway?  It is what God is asking and that obedience pleases Him.

Do I use my “freedom” to cover up my own evil retributions? Whoa.  Things like free speech come to mind.  If free speech, for example, violates Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor” then at what point have I crossed the line and become the persecutor of others?

Freedom to the American mind is often seen as to claim one’s rights.  Jesus’ laid His down.

These are my God granted freedoms:

  • the freedom to do what is good
  • the freedom to please God in doing so
  • the freedom to receive God’s favor if I am caused to suffer for those good acts
  • the freedom to entrust myself to the One who is the author of justice
  • the freedom to silence the ignorance of foolish people by my acts of submission
  • the freedom to know what ever stripes I may endure have already been healed
  • the freedom to live in the care of the Shepherd

If this strikes a chord, I would really like to know how you would think about these questions or if you have more questions to add.

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One thought on “Day 5 – 1 Peter 2:13-25

  1. Freedom is not a free pass. We do not get to say or do whatever we want. The Bible is pretty clear about this. We are told to obey our parents, be subject to the government, and to submit to our husbands. Most importantly, we are called to do or to be all of these things to God. We are free, but we are also servants of God, just as this passage tells us.

    Freedom is a gift from God. By his wounds, we are healed. It is by those same wounds that we were granted freedom. Galatians 5:13 tells us not to use our freedom to indulge the flesh. Yet, I think that is often our first inclination, even when it is not our intention. It is too easy to start by exercising our freedoms then to overstep our bounds until we are no longer submitting ourselves, to God or to other authorities.

    Speaking of Jen Hatmaker, I saw a quote on her facebook today. It said, “People may hate us because of Jesus, but never give them a reason to hate Jesus because of us.” I had to stop and read it aloud to Matt. We are called reflect the light of the son. When we fail to do so, we run the risk of introducing those around us to a Jesus that does not exist. One that is not the savior of all, but a creation of our own selfish ambition and vain conceit.

    If we see a free pass instead of freedom in Christ, then we are painting an inaccurate picture of Christ for the rest of the world to see. If we are not to use our freedom to cover up, or make excuses for, evil and we are not to use our freedom to indulge our flesh, then it only makes sense that we are given freedom so that we can do good. When exercising freedom, test your motives and its results. If you see good, then you are living free as a servant of God.

    “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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