What’s God’s will? What should I choose? I don’t want to make a mistake, and I want to stay in the center of His perfect will. I’ll do what He wants me to do if He would just tell me what decision to make.
Ever felt this way? We can feel almost paralyzed and not make any decision, but rather sit on the sidelines instead of getting in the game. I think this is a tactic that the enemy uses to keep us from stepping out in confidence.
It is for freedom that He has set us free (Galatians 5:1). Jesus said that He came so that we might have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). Religion, on the other hand, is the opposite, demanding perfection and rules upon rules. We know that there are certain boundaries that God has set for our safety just like we as loving parents do for our kids . . . no playing in the traffic because you love them, not because you want to control them. Our grown-up boundaries that He has set are more like the boundaries of not cheating on your spouse or stealing and slandering. I’m not talking about decisions about whether or not to obey the Bible. I’m talking about those individual decisions that He gives us the joy of deciding what we like. The decision to choose.
A couple of Sundays ago, I sat in a small, plastic chair coloring with a precious second grader while we waited for kids’ church to start. Actually I wasn’t coloring at all; I was handing her the colors that she told me to pull from the large crayon box. She would ask me what color I thought the hat on the man should be, and I’d say, “What do you like?” I thoroughly enjoyed watching her create in her own unique style, and I’m pretty sure my favorite section of her picture was when she went all polka dot on her masterpiece.
I was honored that she wanted to know my opinion, but watching her creativity made me happier than if I had been telling her every move to make in robot-like fashion. Religion tells us to walk a tightrope relationship, but God says to enjoy the massive green pasture He has given us (Psalms 23:2). Within His loving boundaries is a huge amount of freedom and celebration of individual creativity.
Just like Adam was given total freedom and joy to name all the animals (Genesis 2:19-20), let’s get out there today and enjoy this wonderful freedom for which He paid such a high price.