Wednesday September 12, 2018
1 Peter 2:16-17
16 For you are free, yet you are God’s slaves, so don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. 17 Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.
My dad always says, “Nothing is truly free in the world.” Some back and forth led me to agree with his conclusion. The same is true here. We are free, but how? Jesus dying for us. It came at a price. Freedom isn’t really free, it usually takes sacrifice. With freedom comes responsibility, why? Because we are given something others die for.
We have a responsibility not to use our freedom as an excuse to do evil. Excuses are the worst. I’ll never forget the day I learned to never make excuses again. Dan McDonnell, my head coach at U of L, called a team meeting, which usually isn’t a good thing. It was a random meeting too. It was right after practice and that usually means he is fired up.
He began by saying, “I asked you all to turn in your travel letters to me yesterday and when I texted some of you, these are the responses I got.” He began reading texts saying, “I forgot, I couldn’t make it in time, class has been cancelled, the teacher leaves right away, etc.” Everyone had come up with a reason for not completing the task.
I learned I had made the excuse before anything happened with it. If it was a priority, I would’ve made it happen. I could’ve came to the teachers office or gotten there early. Excuses don’t work for winners. Excuses don’t work for Jesus either. Especially freedom as an excuse to do evil. Jesus wants us to use freedom to free others. Let’s get to work!
What excuses am I using in my day to day life?
How can I use my freedom in Jesus better?
Dear Lord, thank you for the chance to be free in you. Help us to rid our lives of excuses and fill them with checked boxes. Amen.
Have a great day!