From the Pastor’s Heart – 12/3/2017

The story is told of a bear that lived in a 12’x12’ cage.  Having lived in that cage for ten year, it knew that cage intimately.  In fact, the bear was so familiar with its environment, that he could close his eyes and walk from one end of the cage and, before reaching the end, turn around and walk in the opposite direction.  Upon approaching the other end, the bear would again, stop before reaching the bars and make his turn.

As the bear grew, the keepers moved the bear into a 36’x36’ cage to allow it more room and comfort.  However, the bear would continue to, only, go twelve weeks before turning around to travel in the opposite direction.  Even though the bear had moved to a new cage, he had brought his old cage with him.  Despite the promotion, the old habits remained.

Many people have been so accustomed to living under the law so long, and under the limitations of a performance – based approach to Christian living, that they do not know how to handle the freedom, called grace, made possible by Christmas.  But, in Christ, one has been promoted to a new spiritual environment that allows for the abandoning of old habits, in order to claim their new status and abode.  Christ set one free to a lot more room in a new status.

Romans 7:24-25; Eph. 5:8-10; Titus 3:3-7

                                                                                                           In Christ, Mike Whaley