Posted by jon on June 11, 2010 in but seriously... |

This week, while the rest of LDBC has been hip-deep in VBS I have had the pleasure of teaching a middle school week dubbed “Unhindered”. Now normally the words pleasure and middle school would be mutually exclusive (if I use big words they don’t know what I’m saying….let’s keep it between us), but I have really enjoyed this group.

 Our focus has been 2 Corinthians 5.14-15. Take a second and read it and you’ll see why it took a whole week to break down just a couple verses. Done reading? You didn’t read it did you? Come on, seriously? What do you mean you don’t have a Bible? You’re on the internet! Have you not heard of Google? Sorry, we had to wait on SOME people. Now that we’re ALL together…

Paul begins by saying it is Christ’s love that compels us. To be compelled, it gives the picture of being driven toward, pushed along a path, or motivated. It is the love Christ has shown us that motivates us into action. We are compelled because Christ’s demonstration of love has convinced us. We don’t have to except on blind faith Jesus’ claims, but rather we are given more than enough evidence to convince us of Christ’s unending love.

It is Christ’s love, which was demonstrated on the cross, that compels us. It compels us to give up our selfishness, and trust Christ with the whole of our lives. Once we have given our trust though we realize that Christ doesn’t weigh us down with more rules and judgement but instead Christ compels us to a life that is freeing. We are free from our sin, and free from our guilt. When we trust Christ fully (not for a couple hours on Sunday) we find freedom in his love.

That is what it means to be unhindered. To be free from all the distractions that draws our attention from God’s glory. It come when we see God as the prize to be treasured not the obligation to be filled. And it comes when we stop and find God’s grace and goodness everyday. God is Everywhere.

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