“It’s a free country!” someone hollered when I was a kid.
Looking around I noticed it was someone who was trying to get
away with something that was not quite right.
Then as I got older, I heard this over and over as a license for
something very questionable, often offensive.
The idea is that I’m free, I can do whatever I want.
A corollary to this was, “You can’t make me!”
But is this the purpose of freedom,
to do whatever I feel like; to live for my pleasure?
Rick Warren spoke to this in an interview that our
church council president shared with us on Monday night:
People ask me, “What is the purpose of life?”
And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven. One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body—but not the end of me.
I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act – the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.
We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
You can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
Today’s message looks at what God says we are to do with our freedom.