Wednesday, August 13, 2008

freeing people to serve [+] Wednesday E-Devotion

"At one point we were walking through the ape house, and I had this thought as I looked through the protective Plexiglas window at a four-hundred-pound caged gorilla: I wonder if churches do to people what zoos do to animals...We have a primal longing to be uncaged.  And the cage opens when we recognize that Jesus didn't die on the cross to keep us safe.  Jesus died to make us dangerous."  Mark Batterson, Wild Goose Chase, pages 5-6
Had an awesome lunch with a pastor dude here in town, Carl from Crosspoint, and we talked freedom.  It is so freeing to be able to do ministry without restrictions and legalism and tradition.  I am not knocking the traditional church, yet I am knocking the limitations that some people put on other people.  We are called to help people be free to serve God, no more and no less. 
1 Timothy 2:6 (nlt) --- He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
Galatians 5:13 (nlt) --- For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
It is time that leaders in the church free people to serve.  We can either free people or tie them up so they cannot do anything productive with what God has given them.  Think about it.
Do we put people in cages?  Or, do we open people to great new adventures with God?

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