We have a new-found freedom to change in our rebirth after we repent and ask Jesus in to our life. The world talks about our freedom. But we have no real freedom until we enter the Kingdom of God. This makes no sense until you’re reborn.
Dealing with our new-found freedom to change
I talked some about the new things we’ve been given to change our lives on the Power to Change page. They enable us to be free to change our lives. But, as far as the world is concerned, this is horrible. Because we are now free to please God, free to be righteous, free to bring healing to others, free to be joyful [which is quite different from happy]. Our freedom brings us freedom from fear, worry, and panic.
Yet, it also brings many difficult choices. For example, we can have freedom from financial stress. All we need to do is tithe off our gross income. When I was first saved, I was an Episcopalian. My priest at the time would regularly state that if you want to know what to do in the Kingdom, do the opposite of what is done in the world. Turn the other cheek comes to mind. Instead of “if it feels good, do it”, we find “make no provision for the flesh”. Our new-found freedom to change enables us to be remade in the image of Jesus.
We can not do whatever we please
We have offered ourself as a living sacrifice to Jesus. We have voluntarily become His slave—for we trust Him to be a good master. We have given up all our rights in the belief that the strait and narrow path will take care of all those issues. We give up our old self, trusting that we will receive who we were designed to be.
Before Jesus, we’re unable to be righteous. After Jesus, we are called to give up sin and inordinate pleasures of the mind and the flesh. After Jesus, it’s our choice. We can chose righteousness and the Kingdom of God—life, or the lusts of the mind and flesh—death. There is no middle ground.
Paul talks about this in Galatians 5: 1, 13, 16 & 17. Read the whole chapter. It’s a wonderful, joyful life we live.