Everybody lives with boundaries. We move and work within buildings with walls. We walk on sidewalks that are separated from the streets. We drive and ride in vehicles which follow many traffic boundaries. Do you ever hear people complaining or rebelling against these “oppressive boundaries”? No, because we all know that boundaries are necessary in life—for our protection and the safety of others. I wouldn’t walk down the street saying, “I’m tired of all these boundaries. I’ll walk wherever I want, whenever I want. After all, I’m a free person.” The truth is I can be free…and be dead! Now, connect this with what Jesus taught us about freedom. He said, “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). He also said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). Why is it that our culture understands the need for physical boundaries, but disparages and ignores spiritual and moral boundaries? For example, God’s Word gives many commands and teachings about sexual self-control and faithfulness. However, the media constantly bombards us with images and messages that make us think sexual boundaries are repressive and restrictive…limits of our freedom. So, in our attempt to become our own little gods, we fashion our own boundaries to match our lifestyle and broken conscience. A man once told me (with self-righteousness), “I am into porn, but not anything with children.” At the time he told me, he was alone and quite miserable…divorced from his wife who couldn’t stand his selfish behavior. Always remember, God’s boundaries are for our benefit. Don’t let the “freedom lie” get you to believe that you can find joy and freedom apart from God. True freedom and safety in this confusing world is only found by living under the control of God’s Spirit and God’s Word. His boundaries are for our blessing!
Pastor Mark Boucher