There is a distinct difference between a man set free and a free man.
One is an event – the other a process.
One deals with circumstance – the other with character.
“So Christ has really set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galatians 5:1 (NLT)
Too often we as Christians stop short at the idea of freedom. We emphasize the event (getting “saved”) but not the process (becoming the “saved”). All too often we major on circumstantial modification rather than character reconstruction.
Let me give you a few examples…
Israel. Enslaved in Egypt 430 years. Set free by God through Moses…a historic event. Wandered in the dessert…an extended process. It was one thing to get them out of Egypt and a completely different thing to get Egypt out of them. Read the account…how many times did they want to go back?
Lazarus. Dead 4 days. Set free by the voice of his friend…an unbelievable event. Stumbled out of the grave clothed as a dead man…took off the grave clothes…a process.
Saul. Religious persecutor of believers. Set free by a voice from heaven…a blinding event. Led to Damascus…blind and fasting three days. Ananias prays his eyes were opened…a process.
Focus on the process – not the event. The event is critical but only as a catalyst to the process. The scripture makes it clear that we should “take off” and “put on”.
Take some time to read Colossians 3:1-16
Are you embracing the process?
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