THE STORY OF JESUS: John 8:31-41
“Everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34)
If I still sin, what does that say about my relationship to Jesus?
Have I been “set free indeed” (v.36) if I still sin?
The issue here is between who I am, and what I do.
Jesus has made it possible for my identity to be restored.
I am like Paul, still trapped within this body of death (Romans 7:24).
Like Paul, I am set free “through Jesus my Lord” (Romans 7:25).
Jesus changes my identity immediately by this death and resurrection.
Jesus changes my behaviour over time through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do you define yourself as God’s child, and as a Jesus follower?
Then make every effort to live a life that reflects that identity.
If you are God’s child, and Jesus’ follower, then strive to do what they do.
You will fail, but if you persist, you will slowly become more like Jesus.
“Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, help me to make Your way my way. When I fail, help me not to give up, but to persevere because I know that You will complete this work You’ve started in me!