To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (NIV)
That is exactly what I want to be. What do you want to be? I want to be set free. Do you know what being set free will require of you? Yes, I think I do know. Tell me what you know. If I want to be set free, I must do three things. Go ahead, I’m listening. First, I must come to believe in you. I must accept you as my Savior and Lord. In doing so, I must turn my life over to you. My life must come under new management. No longer will I live according to my thoughts and opinions and desires. I must leave behind my old self-centered life of sin. I must stop living according to the values and practices of this world. I must leave my old life behind. I must reject all the evil and falsehood in this world. I would call that step one. Very good. Next I must make myself available to hear your teaching. I must allow myself to hear your instruction so I can follow your guidance. I must take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. I must allow you to use your word to change my heart and transform mind. In doing so, your word will mold and shape me. Your word will guard and guide me. Your word will fill me with desire to live my life with and for you. I would call that step two. That is very good as well. Finally, I must hold on to your teaching. I must put your word into practice. All my thoughts and words and actions need to be guided by your word. I must allow your word to be the foundation of my entire life. Your word will make me able to live the life you have called me to live. Finally, I would call that step three. That is also very good. So, as I believe in you, listen attentively to your word, and put your word into practice, I will know the truth and the truth will set me free. That’s true. That’s right. That’s sure. Keep on believing in me. Keep on listening to me. Keep on putting my word into practice. Then you will know the truth. Then you will be set free by the truth. That is my plan and desire for you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, thank you for teaching me. It is my delight and joy to listen attentively to you. I will take your words deep into my heart and mind and life. I will put all your teaching into practice. I will live the life you are calling me to live. Set me free by your word. Amen
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