A. It is a wonderful thing that we live under what is called “the perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25; 2:12).
- The word translated “liberty” [ἐλευθερία] means: “freedom (legitimate or licentious, chiefly moral or ceremonial): — liberty…” (Strong’s # 1657).
- Unlike the law of Moses, which was a law of bondage (Galatians 4:1-31); in Christ we are not burdened with a heavy law (Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 8:1-2, and I John 5:1-3).
- In Christ, we have plenty of authorized liberties that are lawful; but certainly take much of our attention (i.e. I Corinthians 7:32-34).
- Even the things that bring us great joy (i.e. Proverbs 15:20), can become overwhelmingly time consuming (Proverbs 29:15 and Titus 2:3-5).
II. Body: Considering what Paul instructed the evangelist Timothy NOT to do (II Timothy 2:3-4).
A. What can we learn from this principle in the “Parable of the Sower” (Mark 4:18-19)?
- You cannot proclaim to love God if you love things of this world (I John 2:15-17).
- Think about the phrase “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts” (Titus 2:11-14).
- How about, in addition to pursuing wealth, the worldly need to “be accomplished” or to be seen as “important” or being “popular” (Matthew 20:20-28, Galatians 5:24, and I John 3:13)?
- How about, in addition to pursuing wealth, buying into the idea of “keeping up with the Joneses” (Romans 12:1-3).
- We don’t “live after the flesh” (Romans 8:12-13).
- Remembering that what our flesh desires can be deceptive (Ephesians 4:22).
- We are just passing through this world (I Peter 1:12-17).
- Let your the way you live be a statement that you are seeking things above (Hebrews 11:8-16).
III. Conclusion: Are you too busy (Luke 14:12-33)?
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