Many people fear that once they become a Christian they will have to give up all of the fun stuff in life. No drinking. No going out with friends. No sex. No cool clothes. It’s easy for Christians to get wrapped up in all the do’s and do not’s of life. Legalism is when we place a stronger focus on these things than on God’s grace; it really has no place in the life of the Christian.
I was reading in Galatians during breakfast this morning and came across this poignant reminder, “…a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 2:16).
And a few verses later, “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing” (Galatians 2:21).
Should we do what is right? Absolutely.
Should we live our lives in such a way that God is glorified and honored? Certainly.
We do those things out of love and respect for Him who made us and gave His life to save us. To do so for any other reason – such as attempting to earn or maintain our salvation – goes against the freedom offered us through Him.
Saying good-bye to all the fun stuff in life isn’t the hardest part of becoming a Christian. In fact, it isn’t part of becoming a Christian at all. We become a Christian entirely by faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Read more here.
If this article has piqued your interest, I encourage you to read the six chapters of Galatians sometime. The whole book is only a few pages long and well worth the time.
This series focuses on some of the unique perspectives of the Christian worldview. Part 1 presented a different view of freedom based on Christ’s gift of salvation rather than politics.