So many of us in this community have been freed from big things. We’ve also, thanks to the persistent, sustaining grace of God, learned how to be on guard against other big things. We know that there’s a life we do NOT want to return to and that our joy, our anointing and our profound effectiveness thrive only when we are dancing free in Christ. But it’s occurred to me again recently how insidious the smaller things can be. If our enemy can’t hang us with one big rope, he’ll gladly strangle us with a thousand threads.
We forget we’ve been set free. We keep returning back to that enslaved way of thinking and living and find ourselves in bondage to a host of little masters. Most of these things are not bad in themselves. Maybe they’re even good. They’ve just taken more authority and attention than they should. . .I’ve had a lot more than one but there is one in particular I became most aware of. It wasn’t a bad thing. Not a sinful thing. It had just become too much of a thing. It had the makings of an addiction. . .I had lost the ability to be moderate with it.
1 Corinthians 6:12 speaks to those things that aren’t bad in themselves but have the propensity to enslave us. Those things that I’m referring to, in this post, as little masters. Under the inspiration of the Spirit, Paul reframed a common colloquialism of his time. You’ll see it in quotations in the segment below just as you’d see it in quotations in most of your translations. Paul was frustrated with new believers in Christ who were twisting around the whole idea of freedom from religious laws and using a common saying in their culture to support their carnal appetites. He made a distinction that is the difference between day and night in our daily lives if we’re willing to listen.
“Everything is permissible for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me” – but I will not be mastered by anything.Something may be permissible that has grown out of proportion until it has ceased to be beneficial. It has taken a place of mastery. Authority. We feel enslaved to it. . .It’s often not the big things, Girls. It’s that host of tiny masters. Put them back in their place. They've grown from trolls into monsters.
Hmmmmm. . .
I become a slave to a good thing if that good thing becomes too much of a thing. . .
if that thing becomes bigger in my focus than Jesus. . .
if the church schedule gets in the way of having time to sit at His feet. . .
And through your words, again Jesus reminds me of that Word He gave me during the Living Proof Live simulcast from Green Bay:
"DO NOT FRET."
Don't gnaw on
those worries about the future,
those concerns over finances,
those supposed parenting inadequacies. . .
"Do not fret.
Delight yourself in the LORD."
Delight not as a trigger to make Him give me my heart's desires,
but delight because He is delightful.
Thank you, Beth.