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Freedom in Fences

Posted: Sunday, August 16

Pastor Shawn Follis //  Youth Pastor

Pastor Shawn Follis //  Youth Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Nehemiah 11:1-12:26
1 Corinthians 10:14-33
Psalm 34:11-22
Proverbs 21:14-16 

 

Verse of the day:

You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is good for you. You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’—but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others. (1 Corinthians 10:23-34)


When I was younger, I would read this verse and think to myself, “Is this action wrong?” I would gauge my ability to do something by whether it was wrong or not. I did not even notice the beneficial part. So, I would watch a movie or TV show that was not wrong, but may have had content that was not very beneficial.

 

At the end of my college years, I started to look at these verses differently. I began to see that there are many things that the Bible does not call wrong, that I can do, but they are not really good for me. So I started building fences. I purposely built those fences farther away from the cliff edge, so I had some margin.

 

I stopped listening to secular music, not because all secular music is bad, but for me, some of it affected my attitude. So instead of picking and choosing what to listen to, I just stopped listening to all of it. I chose to live in the freedom of the fence. You see, many people have the wrong perspective on fences. They look out of the fence and see all of the limitations and things they “cannot have.” But the fences creates a space that contains protection and freedom. Inside the fence I can enjoy all the freedoms. I am unlimited in my ability to enjoy all the good things within the fence. Are their good things outside of the fence? Yes, but I don’t have to filter through the bad to find the good.

 

Stop living your life straddling the fence or peering out at all you cannot have and start living in the freedom that you have in Christ.