I’m not sure how often you may say that you envy those who get to let loose some times, you know, those who “enjoy” the worldly things, or don’t have to worry about others holding them to such high standards. (this is why often we Christians don’t put the fish on our car, so the person we cut off doesn’t expect us to do the “Christian thing”) But though we may not say with our lips that we envy them, I’m sure that I won’t be alone in admitting that in my head sometimes I actually envy them and their “freedom.”
Until I stop and think about that. What I view as their “freedom” is actually only bondage disguised by the master disguiser himself, the devil. We may look at what they “get to do” and say how we wish we could do that. You can. God just is helping your heart to know that that thing is not what is best for you, and it’s only slavery.
We are free, we know that, but how easy is it to forget. Paul reminds the Galatians in a seemingly redundant way when he says “It is for freedom that Christ has set you free.”1 Truth is Paul saw what was going on. He sees the human error in this struggle in believers at times, to look at the world and believe that since they seem to enjoy it, it must be good. Friends it is far from good, God alone is Good, sourcing our joy elsewhere is a lie that will lock shackles to the soul.
In Christ, we have the power to say no. We have the power to avoid, to run, and repent when we have failed to say no. | Fear the Lord, tremble at this power of Jesus in us; love it, draw on it and put it to action.
Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.”2
1 Galatians 5:1 | 2 Pro 23:17