Daily Good News with Alan Wright - March 23, 2018

Good news centered daily devotionals focused on the completed work of Jesus.

Why Wouldn’t Everyone Want to be Led by the Spirit [Part 3]

Are you ready for some good news?

To be free in the Spirit means that you are free to try and fail and know you are never condemned for messing up.

Today’s Text: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14, ESV)

As a recovering perfectionistic, it has changed my life to contemplate the deep assurance of security in Christ regardless of my performance.

Maybe the best example in the world of freedom is a toddler. My first book, A Childlike Heart, devotes a chapter to “Childlike Failure.” Ha, children fail gloriously. Toddlers bump their bottoms til they learn to walk. First graders mispronounce most of the words in their first reading book on their way to literacy. But they don’t care. After all, who expects them to be perfect? It’s cute when they fall. It’s precious when they chirp out their little ungrammatical sentences.

Here are some questions I posed in the book: “How many times would you be willing to spit up on yourself in public before giving up on warm milk? How many times would you be willing to strain the muscles in your entire body just for the chance of rolling over? How many times would you be willing to fall on your bottom in front of cheering onlookers just for the chance to walk? How many times would you let the asphalt skin your knee just for the chance to conquer a bike without training wheels? Children fail a lot at a lot of things. And, most of the time, their failure is public. Conversely, one good public failure is enough to send many adults into seclusion. Such a retreat would never occur to small children. They know that goofing up goes with the territory of being a little kid.” Wright, Alan D. (2011-09-14). A Childlike Heart: How to Become Great in God's Kingdom (Kindle Locations 463-470). The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Discovering freedom in the Spirit means discovering the assurance that you are loved infinitely as a child of God. It means you’re free to try, to fail and to be loved anyway. And that’s the Gospel!

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