Have you ever imagined what life must have been like for the people of God living during Old Testament times? It must have been utterly exhausting! I don’t mean the lack of modern comforts or the need to grow one’s own food – although that too! I mean the constant pressure to fulfil countless laws. All the washing, all the separating of people and food, all the not greeting those who weren’t like you. Thank God that we live in an age of such freedom today!
As believers we are no longer under the law. We have the Holy Spirit who leads us and guides us to live lives that glorify God. How great is that?
And yet we see believers trying to revive the law time and time again. (“I won’t eat that or drink that and heaven help you if you do!”)
I think the reason we so quickly revert to legalism is laziness. As exhausting as the law is, perhaps we think it’s easier to keep a set of rules than to lean into a dynamic relationship with the Spirit, because a healthy relationship requires time and effort.
When our relationship with God is strong, we’re able to discern His voice. He speaks to us every day. Every moment He directs us toward victory.
When our relationship with God is strong, we recognize that what might be good for one might not be good for another. God is a personal God who speaks to each one of us as an individual.
When our relationship with God is strong, we understand that it’s not about what we do or don’t do and it’s all about what He has done.
The more we listen to Him, the more we hear Him. As we hear Him, our whole world view changes. Our thinking changes, our beliefs change and so our behavior changes too and we find ourselves energised by living lives of freedom.
Romans 12:2 NLT
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”