Day 17: Doer who's free

Paper Tigers & Impressing God

A Write 31 Days Series

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
— James 1:22-25 ESV

Here is my question, “Can a doer be free?”

I’m task oriented.  I like doing.  I am a doer.

Maybe you are like me too.  Maybe you are a doer as well, but maybe you are not.  Maybe doing sounds like too much work and you would rather be spending time at the feet of Jesus.

That sounds free!  Worshipping Him, praying, and lavishing in His goodness and love.  That sounds like freedom.

What about all the tasks:  studying, teaching, going, proclaiming, making disciples, nursery working, cleaning, preparing, orphan care, raising awareness about injustices, giving, feeding the poor, welcoming the stranger, visiting the sick, visiting the imprisoned, clothing those without.

We could all just get tired from the list.

How do we stay free in the midst of all the doing?  Is it possible?

We can’t forget the doing and just hide behind our faith because Scripture tells us that faith without works is dead.

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
— James 2:14-17 ESV

Works is as simple as this, living your life as if you believe the Bible is true.  If the Bible is true, it will lead you to love, trust, and worship God.  Your love of God will lead you to love others.

What is freedom anyway?

Let’s go back to Galatians, where we are getting these ideas of freedom from fear of paper tigers and freedom of striving to earn God’s approval.

 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?
— Galatians 5:13-15 The Message

Paul says that freedom grows out of love.  Love is the key.

 

Reasons to DO that will not bring you freedom:

  • guilt
  • striving to impress
  • selfishness
  • wanting accolades
  • growing our importance
  • promotion 

 

Reasons to DO that will bring you freedom:

  • love

 

It is possible to be a doer who is free, and love is how it is done.  That is so good to know.

 

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