My wife and I have been watching Blue Bloods on Netflix and we’re about halfway done with season six. This is a TV show about the New York police commissioner, played by Tom Selleck, and his family. It’s a pretty good show and shows a lot of positive influence for family, honesty and integrity.
I’m not sure if any of it is true. But there is one thing that I’ve seen happen a few times. The Commissioner has what looks like a business card that he can give to a select person. This person in turn can pull this card if caught in a jam. It not really a “free pass” but it does show the level of relationship that person has with the commissioner. On one occasion a politician tried to use it to get his secretary out of a DWI. It didn’t work and the commissioner let the law do its work.
I say all of this because we as “Christians” try to do the same thing. We do what we want to do and then try to use Jesus and His sacrifice for us to get out of the consequences.
Salvation found in Jesus is not a free pass to live how we choose. The Blood of Christ didn’t wash us clean for us to return to our sin. If your actions and lifestyle do not reflect Christ then you might want to check your heart. If you’re still living in your sins, perfectly content, with no desire to conform to being more like Christ then there is a disconnect.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:24-26 “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?’”
Luke 9:23 adds the word daily “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
I am not saying that you or I should be or can be perfect, but perfection should be the goal. Every day we should strive to live a life that reflects our salvation in Christ. It’s easy to allow the thoughts of the enemy lead us in the wrong direction. It’s easy to allow our past mistakes affect our choices and lifestyle. It was never promised to be easy. We live in a fallen world, a world full of sin, a world full of hurt. God called us and He expects us to be set apart from the world. Hebrews 10:10 “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Jesus didn’t not come so we could remain in sin. Our lives should be a living and walking testimony to His love. Jesus and His Sacrifice for us isn’t a free pass to sin and run wild. Attending church on Sunday then living like the devil all week isn’t going to work. You are being fooled if you think otherwise and when the time comes, the price will have to be paid.
Joshua 24:15 “But is serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods of your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Perfection is impossible, only Jesus has done that. But with the washing of His Blood and though Him we can attain it. We still must pay the price for our poor choices here on earth, but there is hope. 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It’s not a “free pass”. It’s not a “get out of jail free card” as many of us know. Salvation in Jesus is to cleanse us of our sins so we can be in the presence of God. As we grow closer to God we begin to reflect His love, mercy and grace. This in turn draws people to Him. That is the point to the walk with Christ. To bring people to the Saving knowledge of Jesus. It is not for us to do as we please and “gain” the world.
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