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"A New Season"

"Identity" (Relational Truth: part 10)

          We have been "called for freedom" (Gal. 5:13). It is the "glorious freedom of the children of God"(Rom.8:21). This "glorious freedom" reminds us that "life in man is the glory of God" (St. Irenaeus). We can only be brought into this fullness of life if we live according to God's will. Jesus set us free by his loving obedience to the Father unto death on the cross. He chose to live his life in total dependence upon the Father's will, and thus totally dependent upon the Holy Spirit to lead him every step of the way in his mission as the Lamb of God. As a child of God, it is my dependence--not independence--which is the core of my real freedom (see Dictionary of Biblical Theology, p. 653). The first Adam forsook this gift of dependence and chose to live independently from God. In doing so, Adam entered into the "slavery" of sin which leads to death.

          We are joint heirs with Jesus, "The New Adam", who has chosen to commit himself fully to the Father's will through a radical dependence. The first Adam, in disobedience to God, abused his freedom as child of God. Mary, the New Eve, welcomed the will of God with the greatest interior freedom. She understood her true identity: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord" (Luke 1:38). Hence, she submitted to God's will fully: "May it be done to me according to your word" (Luke 1:38). Jesus expresses the true freedom of the child of God when he says, "Behold, I come to do your will O God" (Heb.10:7). "We do not exist to be free to do our own will, but we do exist to be free to do God's will" (An Undivided Heart. Sr. Evelyn Ann Schumacher, O.S.F., p.54). Because God is love, His will is a "loving will". His loving will expresses his love for each of us. 

          St. Paul cautions the Galatians to not "submit again to the yoke of slavery" (Gal. 5:1). In contrast, obedience is a "sweet, fragrant yoke" of God that actually produces the deepest freedom to serve God. Obedience serves God, not self, and through obedience we can experience the "paradise" of freedom. Each time we choose to obey God, we can in a sense hear Jesus say: I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). Our obedience, freely chosen, brings us into the 'true family' of God: "For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother" (Mt. 12:50). St. Paul reminds the Corinthians, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" (2 Cr.3:17); And, we read in The Acts of the Apostles, "the Holy Spirit that God has given to those who obey him" (Acts 5:32). We note in these two scripture passages again the connection between obedience and authentic freedom. As a child of God I am free to say to God, "Not my will but yours be done" (Luke 22:42). By submitting to God's will freely, I can face the future with confidence!  

Questions:

1)   Am I living in a true humble and loving submission to God in my life?

2)   Do I equate obedience with freedom in my life?

Scriptures:

Any scripture from the text; John 5:30; Acts 13:22; Gal.5:1; Eph.6:6

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