Every religion in the world demands that you must continually do, give, work your way to heaven, except Christianity! As Christians we were set free from slavery. Slavery from having to earn our way to heaven.
Jesus did all the doing, giving and work for Christians to go to heaven.
So now Christians are free… what does that mean? What now?
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13
We are free to serve one another in love. Do you realise that nearly all the laws that are ever written simply serve this purpose. Take any law, and see if it doesn’t serve this purpose in some way. Here is a simplistic, secular example.
Think of the most beautiful pristine park, forest or beach. Now see it trashed with paper, broken bottles and cigarette butts. The law, “Don’t Litter”, tries to stop the environment being destroyed and protect it for the enjoyment of everyone. Now think of it this way – if we loved one another, all people, then why would you want to hurt anyone by destroying their enjoyment of this beautiful place. Littering isn’t really about the environment but about hurting or depriving other people of enjoying the place as it was originally intended. The law “Don’t Litter” therefore is meant to be an enforceable ($100 fine) reminder.
But if we made, “serve one another humbly in love” as our ultimate law, then we don’t need the 1,376,284,234 Laws as reminders on how to love other people.
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
How well will you keep this command today?