"I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord." —1 Corinthians 7:35
We must accept certain restrictions if we wish to totally commit our lives to the Lord. Gospel poverty, celibacy, a large family, a faithful marriage, a demanding ministry — all restrict us significantly. However, any decision or commitment restricts us. Any successful athlete, business person, or celebrity has placed severe restrictions on themselves. How much more willing should we be to restrict ourselves out of love for the Lord!
Consider what Jesus did for us. When He became a man, He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave (Phil 2:7). There is no greater restriction than to be nailed to a cross. Jesus was the most restricted person who has ever lived, but also the most free. He broke all restrictions of space and time by rising from the dead and ascending to heaven. We too can be restricted and resurrected as He was.
Prayer: Jesus, give me the freedom to be committed and self-sacrificing.
Promise: "The unclean spirit convulsed the man violently and with a loud shriek came out of him." —Mk 1:26
Praise: Praise Jesus, Who gave up all freedom, both natural and supernatural, so that we may be free.
Reference: (We offer a Discipleship Retreat entitled Extreme Make-Over: Who Am I in Christ? on February 20-21, 2015. You can register online at www.presentationministries.com or by calling 513-373-2397.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 25, 2014
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