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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Obedience

January 2nd, 2012

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Obedience

By Jeremy Anderberg

"The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."
 1 John 2:17 NIV

IT IS INGRAINED into our very being from the time we are young that America is a land of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Looking at Jesus' life, we see a picture that is actually quite the opposite of Life, Liberty and Happiness. He calls us to Death, Servitude and the Pursuit of Obedience. Jesus' call for our lives is basically the antithesis of what American culture expects of us. Jesus says that the last is first, that one must serve in order to be a leader, that you must lay down your life to truly be a follower of Him. Have we really lost these basic truths because of a short catchphrase?

Christian behavior, at least to our generation, is actually pretty counter-cultural. What's scary, though, is that our minds have been programmed by culture. To truly follow Christ, the very way you think about life must change. Don't pursue liberty and happiness—put instead Christ and obedience first, and you'll receive those other things as well.

How can you re-prioritize your desires to be about Christ's call and not personal happiness?

This devotion is adapted from an article in RELEVANT magazine. Get your own copy.

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Chris Zwakenberg


Chris Zwakenberg commented…

Paul addresses this issue specifically in Romans 12:1-2. Don't conform to the pattern of the world. That's difficult in itself, but it's surrounded by two other key principles that are essential to understanding God's will for us: offering our bodies as living sacrifices, and becoming transformed by the renewing of our minds. I think that pursuing the three of these together, praying about them and seeking how they can be lived out in a community of believers is a good place to start.

But there is no better life than one in obedience to God - it brings the most freedom and contentment imaginable!

Here is a story of how this has played out in my community:

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