November 18, 2015

Matthew 17_24

Matthew 17: 22-27

Pigtails bobbing, my six-year-old ran down a hill shouting in Daniel’s Park: “I’m free! I’m free! I’m free!”

Why then? Not a peep about freedom when we were running up the hill, not even on the straight-away. But the gallop down the slope: that was freedom.

Freedom from what? The burden of working against gravity? Sure, go downhill and the most pervasive force in the universe is suddenly on your side. What a feeling!

Likely Peter felt this. Buttonholed about overdue taxes, he takes Jesus’ advice, heads for the lake, and comes back with a shekel and a great fish story: “I wet my line, reeled in a lunker, opened its mouth, took out the money, and mailed it to the IRS.” Force of gravity nothin’ – this is the Creator of the universe on your side!

“The children are free,” said Jesus. He ought to know: burdened with the weight of sin, crushed by the gravity of judgment, he rose to make us children of the Creator. He restored to us a universe where “Meeting Tax Obligations” and “Gone Fishin’” are synonymous. And where it’s all downhill from there.

Dear Father, I’m free, I’m free! I’m free!

Today’s devotion was written by Gary Blobaum, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Sumter, SC.

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One Response to November 18, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    Free indeed. Would it not be so nice if the church was free? Free from persecution. But, as per the scriptures, during the end times the persecution will worsen. We will be subject to ridicule the closer we get to the end times. I have often said I want to be in the Philippines when the persecution begins in full scale. The USA has been turning her back on God and His Church. We are free in Christ, but we need to know that with this freedom comes a price. Our price has been paid by Christ, but we now must face the music that we, a silent church, has created. Our ultimate freedom will come when Christ takes us home.

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