Day 4 - Liberty
“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” --Romans 8:1-2
How different would your life look if your sins were really forgiven? How would you feel about yourself to know that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, you are no longer a slave to guilt but free to live your life as God’s son or daughter, adopted into His eternal family?
It is tempting to think that we have to do more in order to earn the salvation that God freely offers through His Son; that belief in Jesus couldn’t possibly be enough. We try to add to Christ’s finished work on the cross with the feeling that even though God tells us we are now justified before Him, we have to make up for the wrongs we have done.
But the reality is that because of Jesus Christ and the work that He did to set us free from sin and death, God no longer sees us as sinful people. In Romans 8 it goes on to say that God now sees us as His adopted children, and that we can cry out to Him in our times of distress as sons and daughters who cry out to their Dad for help. That’s the kind of relationship He wants with you. He wants each of us to live free from guilt and shame so that we can follow Him completely, without reservation.
What are some areas of your life in which you still try to earn salvation? If there are any, ask God to open your eyes to the beauty of the relationship with Him that offers a whole and finished salvation through Jesus.