Freedom in the Will of God

“When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, my spirit was not rest…so I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.”

2 Corinthians 2:12

I used to think that the ideal of obeying the God meant having every decision constricted by the Spirit and redundantly asking “Is this the will of God? Is this the will of God?”

Thankfully, I’ve come to a place where I don’t live in that type of bondage because of a false theological assumption.

In this passage, Paul highlights the freedom that he has in the Spirit of Jesus. He says that Jesus opened a door for him to go, but he decided to go elsewhere. There was freedom for Paul to say yes or no.

I feel like in decisions of morality, God has placed a harsh boundary. Don’t kill, don’t lie, don’t steal seem pretty straight forward. But in terms of day-to-day decisions, I feel like Jesus has given us a lot of freedom to choose.

Should I go hang out with my friend? Should I go to that small group? Should I go there for ministry?

I find that in the day-to-day activity of life, Jesus grants a lot of freedom in walking with him. He’s less concerned about the decision as opposed to abiding in him and operating in his Spirit.

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Phillip Chan

Phil has been writing for 10 years. His passion is to grow in his love for Jesus to obey his purposes in our generation.

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