A lot of people are familiar with the saying “knowledge is power”. But I’m yet to hear that a biology textbook cured headache, or even the Bible raise the dead. In essence, , ownership of books do not guarantee power or victory. What guarantees victory or power is the application of the information in these books. That’s why a pauper can pass an examination reading borrowed books while a prince who has owns the same books would fail the same exam. Ownership isn’t key, application is!
Imagine this scenario. A man is jailed but after a couple of months, the governor-elect who happens to be his long-time friend grants him a pardon because of their relationship.. However, rather than leave the prison, the man chooses to stay in jail even with the knowledge that he has been set free. Too bad he had turned the handcuffs to bracelets.
This is exactly what happens to us when we still live in sin even though we know that Christ has paid the price for us. John 8:32 (KJV) says, “and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The Bible never said knowledge of the truth would make you walk in freedom. The truth has made the first step, the next is left to you, to walk out of sin like the prisoner in our story who refused to walk out of the prison.
In the words of Dr. David Oyedepo, “Any faith that leaves God totally responsible is an irresponsible faith!” Going by this saying, a lot of people have irresponsible faith. People sit back and expect that Christ controls their life like a puppet. No way! God was very specific when He placed the power of choice before us (Deut. 30:19). He did not create robots. So He expects us to make conscious efforts after we have been set free. Phil. 2:12 admonishes us to “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”. I like the EasyEnglish version, it says, “You are people that God has worked to save from the results of sin. And you must live as people like that should live. You must be very careful to obey God always. You should be afraid not to do that. You must remember that He is very great and very powerful.”
From the above scripture, God has worked and now it’s time we lived like we should. It’s time for us to work too! Bible in Basic English says in 1 Cor. 6:20. “For a payment has been made for you”, therefore you are no longer at sin’s beck and call! Rom. 6:12-14 (MSG) says “That means you must not give sin a vote in the way you conduct your lives. Don’t give it the time of day. Don’t even run little errands that are connected with that old way of life. Throw yourselves wholeheartedly and full-time-remember, you’ve been raised from the dead! -into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.” (Recommended reading: Romans 6:1-23 MSG)
Something that saddens me is what I see mostly on social media. Many glory in weakness claiming imperfection and it has become an avenue to err. But when it comes to money, you hear them say “He became poor that through His poverty I might become rich”:2 Cor. 8:9. The same scriptures says “He became sin who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”:2 Cor. 5:21.
Some go as far as backing it up with 2 Cor. 12:9 “…my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities…” But I really wish we would read this particular scripture from the beginning. This was Paul explaining how insufficient we are without the sufficient God. About how limited man is without God. But when this same man submits to God, he is set to achieve what only God can achieve. And so Paul was saying that man without God is weak.
So the scripture doesn’t say that we glory in sin but in the fact that we are incapable all by ourselves and would always need God. Ask yourself. Am I saved? Am I free? Am I walking in freedom?