Posts Tagged ‘Free’

The very last word in the book of Acts in the Greek text is a word that translates into English, “Unhindered” or “freely”. It is particularly interesting in the context. The apostle Paul is under house arrest in Rome. He is not in a dark and damp prison like some other times, but he is under arrest and he is not free to come or go. But even though the apostle Paul is not free, the Gospel is not hindered. The text says that Paul was preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus without hindrance.

In many parts of our world it is illegal to share the Gospel with people, and yet the Gospel is going unhindered anyway. In the U.S. today we celebrate Memorial Day and although we are supposed to have absolute freedom, the Gospel is often hindered. I am not referring to government restrictions, or a ban on prayer from schools, or the seeming opposition by the media at times to the message of the Word of God. I am talking about the fact that as Christians we have bound the Gospel in our little boxes and traditions and hindered the message ourselves.

I believe that God put the word “Unleashed” in my heart and mind several years ago in reference to this. What would it be like if we took the lid off the boxes of our preconceived ideas and simply got out of God’s way? What would happen if we unleashed God’s Spirit from our traditions and rules? I am not advocating anarchy, but simply breaking free of man-made restrictions.

For example. Is God’s Word able to stand on its own? Or does it require our individual interpretations to do its work? In our western culture, someone asks a question and we tell them our opinion of what God says in answer. But notice how often Jesus answered a question with another question, or He simply told them a story. What would it look like if we answered a question with a story from God’s Word and let the Holy Spirit speak through that story to the person’s heart?

Not too long ago I was having coffee with someone, and sharing a vision of discipleship training that has resulted in rapid spread of the Gospel in many parts of our world. The person with me said, “Here is what worries me about that. How do you control it?” I would suggest to you that herein lies some of the problems we face in western cultural church. We want to control the uncontrollable. We have attempted to “control” the Holy Spirit to the point that He is grieved to silence in our presence.

I am just raising the question for you to consider. Paul was not free, but that didn’t stop Him from sharing God’s Word, and it was never bound. We are free, and yet the Gospel often seems to be hindered. So what if we shared the truth and let God do His thing without so much interference from us.