Sunday, October 24, 2010

Out of the Box Living

I've spent most of my life crammed inside a box.

Rules. Expectations. Status quo. Deadlines. Formalities. Legalism. Uhhhhgggghhhhh.....just talking about these confining walls makes me feel as though I am suffocating!

Oh...I see you shaking your head and nodding right along with me. You are familiar with box living, too. Anyone who has been in the box knows exactly what I am talking about.

Boxed-in living will kill you. It will suck what little life you have right out of you. As long as you make your abode inside the walls of performance, you will find yourself gasping for air.

LEGALISM! Death by the law.

Dictionary.com defines legalism as: strict adherence, or the principle of strict adherence, to law or prescription, esp. to the letter rather than the spirit.

Living by the letter of the law rather than the spirit.

Thankfully, I have been set free.

God's grace. God's marvelous grace, knocked down the walls and set me free. And...the more time I spend with Jesus the freer I become.

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." Matthew 11:28-30, The Message

Now, I am living! I am inhaling and exhaling. I am flexing and bending. I am moving and shaking. I am alive.

Life is not a rigid set of rules and regulations. Life is not a list of do's and don'ts. Life is not a checklist of things to accomplish. Life is not governed by the ticking of a clock. Life is not staying inside the lines!

Life is ebb and flow. Life is come and go. Life is this and that. Life is living and breathing and changing.

Living in the box of legalism will kill you. Trying to live by the letter of the law just brings death. We can't. We aren't able. We were not made to.

Living outside the box, by allowing God to live inside of you, will bring life. Beautiful life. Abundant Life. The kind of life Christ thought was worth dying for to give to you and me. When we live by the spirit of the law, by surrendering to God's spirit at work in us and through us, God can. God is able. God accomplishes that for which we were created to accomplish.

Are you still in the box? Are you still gasping for breath, struggling to live? Take hold of God's grace. Grab onto His love. Accept His forgiveness. Invite Him to move into your heart and into your life. Get out of the way and let God have His perfect way in your will and in your life.

Breathe in His spirit and watch it knock down the confining walls of your life.

Life is meant to be lived, and true life is found in none other than Christ Jesus.

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10b, The Amplified Bible

I am finally and completely out of the box and there is no way I am ever going back.

What about you?

Life in a box..................or...............life in Christ.

Praise God! I see your walls starting to topple!!!!!

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