The Way to Freedom

January 2018: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Would you agree that Jesus Christ is worthy of your whole life? After all, He’s the one who willingly went to the cross on your behalf, sacrificing Himself to rescue you from sin and condemnation. How, then, will you express your devotion to Him?

That is an important question for believers to consider. In thinking about ways to reflect our love and gratitude to the Lord, we are fortunate to have Paul’s writings and the example of his life for guidance. The man who had formerly led persecutions against early Christians came to see himself as the “foremost” of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15) and completely undeserving of divine favor. Yet the Lord showered him with stunning grace, and the apostle’s response was total surrender—going wherever God would lead and doing whatever God wanted.

Genuine freedom is gained only through a life fully surrendered to the Son of God.

Paul, who identified himself as a “bond-servant of Christ Jesus” (Rom. 1:1), understood an important truth—that genuine freedom is gained only through a life fully surrendered to the Son of God. This may seem like a paradox, especially in a culture that thinks of freedom as “being your own boss” and “doing whatever makes you happy.” But you’d be wise to incorporate the principle into your thinking. Then you’ll discover that serving Jesus Christ is the way to become “free indeed.” (See John 8:36.)

I pray that this month’s devotions will reveal areas where God is calling you to liberating obedience.

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15 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

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