Are we free; are we really free? Sin is haunting and have a way of coming back to bite us. We are servants and servants of God. We are to serve God in a special way; Christian carries a title of distinction. It means that we are one who obeys God in righteousness. We have declared and voluntarily dedicated ourselves to serve one another also. No longer are we the bondservant of sin but a free servant as a child of the promise; Christians are represented by the children of Sarah. The Christian place himself in servile relations to another in order to bring him into a new found knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 12:1 wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
There is a calling of correction for sin, chastening of sin and conviction of sin. We are without excuse; be sure your sin will find you out. We know when we have done wrong and sinned. We are accountable to God for that sin. Sin is besetting; it betrays us. After we have had pleasure of the sin, the Devil; the author of sin double crosses us through trickery and deception. He divulges, discloses and reveals what it is that we have done wrong. He continues to be guilty of high treason, treachery, and disloyalty. He complains to God of our doings and mocks God over the fact that He trusted us and we sinned against Him. Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He gripes, grumbles and laments as he bewails to God about the Christian. It is he that keeps us confused for God is not the author of confusion. He also keeps us bewildered, muddled, dazed, puzzled, baffled, disconcerted, stupefied, befuddled, and confounded as we try to find our way back to God. One thing we can be sure of is he will reveal our sin at an opportune time that God will be hurt and a host of other Christians will be hurt and turn away from God. We are our brotherís keeper and sometime the rebuke is not charming but necessary.
A calling is a vocation not just a byword; a common saying. This vocation calls for us to speak out, sometimes loudly to a designated demon to invoke repentance. There is a call to righteousness and that call is not a common one. The gifts and callings of God are without repentance. Many have been called and use their gifts before they have repented. Many never acknowledge their gifts because they donít want to succumb to the gift. Being a servant calls for us to partake of the Holy calling of God and helps to make our calling and election sure. When we walk in our calling faithfully, we are not likely to fall in sin to the flesh but sin to the Spirit is always there. We get jealous of others calling and try to do what God has called them to do. We are envious of others calling and want their gifts. People with special callings are not exempt from correction.
A calling of correction for sin takes a special person led by God. If a particular sin is not dealt with in the proper way it will cause someone to leave God and be lost for the rest of their lives. We will be held accountable when we do not handle things the way the Bible says so. Our motives and intents will be before God. When we make mishaps in the lives of others we can be sure we will see it among our own. God has called us to verify, attest and testify of the things we have certified. We need a word from God to certify us in every area of correction. Our hearts must be fixed and covered by God or otherwise we will cause an innocent soul to go into captivity. We have to carry the burden of others sometime until they get to a point of walking by themselves. Sure itís weighty and oppressive but we must think to save a soul at any cost. We are to know how we ought to cast the burden off of us and on God; but we carry it until then. A calling of correction is a charge we are to keep and makes us liable. Yes we are responsible and commanded to keep the charge. The Christian is chargeable to God and is required to do those things that God called them to. We are not chargeable to man for the things God has called us to do. Correction means we remedy, rectify, amend, or repair accurately, truly and right with exactness, precision, and decently the problem of sin at hand. We are not to judge but correct in love with the proper and suitable Word of God and its truth.
There is in the Word a calling for chastisement. Chastisement is not done with righteous indignation for be sure your sin will find you out; for no one is exempt from sin. We cannot correct or chastise sin by setting it aside but we do need to follow the Word. Many have covered up sin by wrapping it up in an enshroud where it is not revealed. The cover up is there to shelter, mask over, disguise the truth or incorporation of a particular mindset in the sight of the people but what about God? God knows all things; nothing is hid from Him. He knows those that are his and He also knows those that are self-righteously trying to make their way to a famous name. God is in a season of chastisement to bring even the elect back to righteousness. If we are persuaded in our heart and mind to take the correction and chastisement we build character, confidence, belief, and faith. Chastise means to scold, discipline, spank, or punish. Itís to help us get right and stay right. Too many Christians lack chastisement. We are to be happy if God chastise us for we know He loves us. The chastisement of our peace was upon Jesus and because of this act we are punished for our sin. Revelations 3:19 as many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous therefore, and repent.
God requires more than mere repentance, He wants conviction. The call for conviction is just as important as food to eat that we may live. Conviction brings about forgiveness. It makes us be kind and tenderhearted, willing to forgive and forbear; one another. Conviction also calls for patience and clemency; can we forgive in spite of ourselves. Some things hurt so bad we think we cannot forgive but there is a must. When we love like God loves we are convicted when we do wrong. God calls for us to recognize our wrongdoing without it being called to our attention. We are warned that doing the opposite of what God say+s allow a foothold for the Devilís attack. He canít take anything from us, but he works hard at making us give up our blessings from God, for God donít bless in a mess. God is not that fierce, ferocious, wild, untamed, brutal, monstrous, vicious, dangerous, violent, and threatening God that He would bring harm on us but a God of love that wants us to contend for the faith.
We are to condemn sin so that we donít face a sentence of death eternally. Our persuasion in getting the conviction we need in our own hearts is weighted by the sin of others. When we can only see others transgressions we are self-righteous. Our ability to change depends on our willingness to alter, transform, and turn from our wicked ways. Conviction makes us see us as we are; rotten to the core. It also helps us to endure the test of times; sufferings and prevailing evil against us, When Christians face conflicts they are encouraged, supported, and inspired by God to continue with persistent endurance. We have to be emphatic, definite, assured, strong, determined, forceful, earnest, positive and dynamic in our relationships with God.
Have mercy upon me, O God according to thy loving kindness; according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; that thou mightiest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. God will wash us, make us whole and allow us to continue to grow in Him. We are undone, have unclean lips, eyes, and ears and today we want to spring into newness of life free of sin. Make all the secrets of my heart to be manifest unto me that I may worship God in Spirit and in Truth. We want a report that says God is not only around and among us but in us.