I often try to fit more into my time than is humanly possible. As a result, I regularly put myself in the stressful situation where I’m running late. I therefore put pressure on myself to make up for the lost time during the drive to my appointments.
On one recent occasion, while running late, I noticed a speed limit sign. As I saw the sign I instantaneously felt convicted. I was over the limit, not by much, but over the limit all the same.
As I dealt with the conviction I felt, I began to wonder if it mattered at all, After all I’m free in Christ. What was the big deal with driving a little faster than the law permitted? That is when it dawned on me. It was then that I realised that while the speed limit was set for my safety, so too it’s in place for the safety and well being of everyone in the community. I became aware that the point of the law is not to keep me constrained for constraints sake, or to make me late for meetings. The law is in place to bring liberty, freedom if you will, for all.
It might seem a trivial example. But consider the person hit by a driver who flaunts the speed limit. By breaking the law the driver has taken away the freedom of the victim. The innocent has been injured. The law is there to protect the one who can’t protect them self.
So too it is with God’s law, His commands and His guidelines for life.
Our heavenly Father instituted the law, back in the days of Moses, for the liberty of all the people of Israel. He created a system for everyone in the community of His people, even those who could not protect themselves, to be cared for and protected.
In Jesus the New Covenant expands this ability for liberty to everyone. Now, in Him, everyone can know eternal liberty.
As we see in Galatians 3:28;
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
So then, by constraining ourselves we can bring liberty to those who can’t bring liberty to themselves. So too when others constrain themselves to the ways of Jesus, we gain liberty and can live in peace and not in fear.
So, with this in mind, as I now consider the road rules, or what I eat, or drink, I now consider the liberty that’s found for all within my constraint.
Question: Have you ever considered how constraining yourself could in fact bring freedom, and liberty not just to yourself but to others in your community? Let me know your thoughts about this in the comments section below.