TODAY’S MEDITATION – Are we free to do whatever we want as Christians? (1 Corinthians 9:19)

This question is essential for us Christians to answer because many believers are sometimes confused about what they should and should not do they have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. The answer to this question is yes and no. And, the following verse gives us clues of how free we are in the Lord: “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible” as Paul asserts he has freedom to do anything since he belongs to no one. My brother, my sister, the truth is that being a Christian implies a life of strict discipline, which is also emphasized by Paul when he describes himself as an athlete and says: “Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). In other words, the Christian life involves both freedom and discipline: FREEDOM to give, to love, to worship the Lord, to follow Jesus by staying away from any philosophical position or material entanglement that might sidetrack you from your goal (eternal life); DISCIPLINE to ensure that you do what you ‘preach’, to respect men and God in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Yes, no one can pretend to be a Christian while neglecting the essentials disciplines of prayer, Bible study, worship and fellowship with other members of the body of Christ. Being a Christian is to be free to love God and obey His commands, not to choose what is important to us at the expense of His Word. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]