Sunday, May 06, 2007

Liberty and the Standards of Jesus

On liberty, from Sir Oswald Chambers...


A spiritually-minded person will never come to you with the demand— "Believe this and that"; a spiritually-minded person will demand that you align your life with the standards of Jesus. We are not asked to believe the Bible, but to believe the One whom the Bible reveals (see John 5:39-40 ). We are called to present liberty for the conscience of others, not to bring them liberty for their thoughts and opinions. And if we ourselves are free with the liberty of Christ, others will be brought into that same liberty— the liberty that comes from realizing the absolute control and authority of Jesus Christ.

Always measure your life solely by the standards of Jesus. Submit yourself to His yoke, and His alone; and always be careful never to place a yoke on others that is not of Jesus Christ. It takes God a long time to get us to stop thinking that unless everyone sees things exactly as we do, they must be wrong. That is never God’s view. There is only one true liberty— the liberty of Jesus at work in our conscience enabling us to do what is right.

Don’t get impatient with others. Remember how God dealt with you— with patience and with gentleness. But never water down the truth of God. Let it have its way and never apologize for it. Jesus said, "Go . . . and make disciples. . ." ( Matthew 28:19 ), not, "Make converts to your own thoughts and opinions."

4 comments:

  1. It is hard to comment on this message for it seems like it is more an "exhortation" then a "teaching". If you look at it a certain way you could claim it implies pluralism(a spiritually minded person will never come to you with the demand "believe this or that". Never? Was St. Paul unspiritual?), however I don't think that is the intent. It is probably rather an "exhortation" and seeming
    discrepancies come from looking at it in an analytical manner, which is probably not the intention.

    Sir Jason

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  2. In point of fact this sermon seems to be about loving one's neighbor which of course is all to the good.

    Sir Jason

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  3. I suppose the key is to use wisdom and to think about who you are talking to. Obviously people resent having religion, "crammed down their throat." That is especially true in the work place.

    However, someone wanting to become a Christian should understand that there are requirements. To not include that would be to not give full disclosure.

    Mat 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Mat 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

    The "teaching them to observe all that I commanded" is very much a part of it.

    Sir John, the opinionated

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