2 Corinthians 3:17 Where There Is Freedom

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Everybody loves freedom no matter what part of the world they come from or their position in life. Being able to do what one wants, when he wants, and how he wants is the dream of many people.

People will fight hard to have and keep their freedom. Yet, many are not free, including those who believe they are free. They are bond by someone else, or by a set of rules that hold them back and very often themselves.

As Paul talk about the differences of the old and new covenants, he tells the people that the Lord is the Spirit and that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.

The old covenant of the Old Testament, was a list of regulations that if a person did not do them, he was to die. There was no freedom to really live, because no one could keep all of the commands of God on his own, thus was sentenced to die. He was bound up on death row.

Once Jesus had died and rose from the dead, He broke the power of the law over a person. He was able to forgive the sins and allow the person to really live life. The new believer is set free from sin.

Some will take this freedom to live as they want, going back into the sin that they were set free from.

The Spirit of the Lord does not set a person free to live in sin, but to be able to live for God. His freedom is to be used to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength and to love his neighbor also.

You have been set free by the Spirit of the Lord when you chose to follow Jesus. Do not allow this new found freedom to find ways to sin or please self, but use it to find ways to love God and others more and more.

Use your freedom to live for God and please God with your entire life. Use your freedom to spread the great gospel news that every person needs to hear across the entire earth.

God has give you this freedom, do not abuse it or misuse it, but use it to His glory.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the Lord’s Spirit inside of you and leading you; that you will use the freedom God gives you to glorify Him; and that you will use His freedom to obey God and serve God.

Galatians 6:8 Sowing For Eternal Life

 

Corn field

Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

Sowing is the process of planting a seed in order to reap a larger harvest in the future. It is taking something very small and planting it so that it will grow larger and bring in a greater investment.

Farmers are known for sowing seeds to grow various crops. In the business world, people sow money into the business to generate more business and more income. Investors tell people to sow into, put money in, some type of fund to increase their retirement earnings. These are some of the things that people sow into in order to have more later on.

People also sow into other things that are not always the best. They focus their lives on sinful things. They try to please themselves with the things of this world, rather than the things of God. They seek out ways to get immediate pleasure for themselves. Watching and listening to things that are destructive to the spirit. Engaging in sinful activities for a temporary pleasure. Seeking to build themselves up, rather than God’s kingdom.

Living like this will also have a reaping time. It will bring about destruction in the end.

The believer has his focus on sowing the things of God, building His kingdom. This is seen in love, patience, kindness, forgiveness, grace, mercy, and spreading the gospel message. These are things that will last for eternity. They will also reap eternal life.

Instead of focusing on pleasing self, as the world is striving to do, the believer is focused on please God. He is constantly asking how he can please God with what God has placed in his life. He is sowing into the lives of other people and building them up.

As a believer you must look at what your goal is and what you are sowing into. What are you investing into?

If you are focusing on the things of this world, you are sowing into this world only temporary things and bringing about destruction in the end.

If you are focusing on God and His kingdom, you are sowing into His kingdom, which is eternal and will reap an eternal life.

Take what you have, both physical and spiritual, and invest it into God’s kingdom for an eternal reward.

I pray today that God will show you ways to sow into His kingdom; that you will focus on the eternal things of God; that God will show you how to please Him; and that all you do will please God.