The period of time between ages 3 and 4 should be referred to as the “Years of Don’t.”
Or maybe that was only in my house.
“Don’t touch the stove.”
“Don’t run out into the street.”
“Don’t chase the cat with that plastic bat.”
“Don’t cut your brother’s hair with those scissors.”
“Don’t carve your name in my great grandmother’s antique phonograph player!!!”
Little kids are kind of held prisoners by the “Don’t List.” And many people think that’s what Christianity is – a list of do-nots. After all, Moses handed down the 10 Commandments and all but 2 start off with a happy “Thou shalt not…”
But God didn’t hand down the 10 Commandments to be mean. He handed them down out of love and for the protection the Israelites.
Just one problem – no one has been able to put a check mark besides each one of those commandments, except of course Jesus.
And so for the rest of us, God saw the problem, knew it was coming all along. God knew that none of us would be able to manage that whole “Do Not” list on our own. But the list was needed so that mankind would see and feel and understand the need for someone to bridge the gap between man and God. So in his perfect timing God sent his one and only Son Jesus to hang on that cross and take on all the sins of the world, thus taking on all the parts of the famous list of 10 chiseled on a stone tablet.
He freed us from a list we could never achieve on our own and now we live under His immeasurable grace.
“Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.” (Galatians 3:23-25)
Thank God that faith in Jesus has come! That’s what non-believers just don’t understand. My relationship with Jesus doesn’t keep me bound in a constricted list of do-nots. No, I’m living in a world of freedom because Jesus took the list on for me.
I don’t deserve it. No one does. But that’s not the point. A child doesn’t always deserve grace either, but a good parent knows when to give it.
Your heavenly Father is offering that to you through a relationship with Jesus. Stop living in a world of don’ts and start living in the limitless freedom of God’s grace!
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