We got off to a great start this morning. If you want to watch the podcasts of UPrising, first make sure you have iTunes. Then go to http://www.mosaic.org and click on “podcasts/streaming”. Then “video podcasts” (if you want to watch them, audio if you just want to listen). iTunes will open and list all of McManus’ podcasts. UPrising starts on 4/7/13 and that is what we watched parts of today.
We focused on 3 key verses today …
“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.” Psalm 119:32
Think about that verse – I run in the path of your commands…so I am under God’s commands, His rule, His authority…and I am free? Doesn’t it sound like if I am under a set of commands that I will be anything but free? We think of teenagers and their desire to be able to be free, be able to make their own choices. And yet, their choices tend to put them in bondage. If we give a kid total freedom, he’ll wind up in a ton of trouble. He fights and pulls and pleads for freedom and then blows it and has to give you back the keys to his car. So much for his freedom.
So this verse is counter-intuitive – to be free, I need to remain under His commands. It is also very comforting. I thrive under my Father’s guidance and boundaries. He wants me to thrive. He gives me the entire garden to nurture and cultivate and He encourages me to dream big. What He gives me is oh so good but I’m the one that wants the one thing He withholds from me.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set you free.” Galatians 5:1
We tend to forget this and think of God as a task-master whose goal is anything but our freedom. But nothing could be further from the truth. We cannot forget that EVERYTHING Christ did for us was to bring us freedom. We are so concerned with our “right to choose” that we tend to overlook the very decisions that take away our freedom. A “woman’s right to choose” has been passionately fought for and yet no one ever seems to talk about all the decisions they make leading up to their right to choose abortion. We lose sight of the forest for the trees.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition for vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should not look to your own interests, but also to the interest of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient – even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:3-10
It’s like the picture of the circles (in the attached slides) and the question in the earlier blog post “what kind of man are you becoming”. Christ diminished Himself so that we might flourish. He made himself nothing and became a servant…so that…you may live fully alive!
Here are the slides from today