What is your guide to life?
In the Disney animated cinematic version of the story of Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket is given an important task: To serve as the conscience for the puppet magically brought to life to answer the prayer of the puppetmaker, Geppetto. To help the newly-animated wooden boy understand his job, Jiminy sings a song, the lyrics to which are known to many:
Always let your conscience be your guide.
For those of us living in the real world, we know God has given each of us a conscience, for the Bible tells us our consciences bear witness to the law given by God to humanity, and can tell us when we have done wrong.
But did you know even your conscience can lead you astray? It may not lead us into sin, but our consciences can steer us away from the fullness of the joy and freedom in which God desires for us to live.
How can this be?
Before we become children of God, our consciences are designed to leverage the law and testify to us of our lost nature. But once we believe and receive new life through Christ, the Word of God tells us the blood of Christ, shed upon the Cross, cleanses us from unrighteousness, as Christ, in The Great Exchange, takes our sin upon Himself.
But still more, the Word of God tells us Christ not only takes our unrighteousness, but credits His righteousness to us, who believe, and in the process, purges our consciences. In Colossians 2, God, through the Apostle Paul, tells us Christ Jesus has taken the debt our sin had created through the law, and has nailed that debt and those laws which opposed us to the Cross with Christ!
So, if Christ has taken our sin and our debt, and has credited his righteousnessto us, and has purged our consciences, why do we still continue to condemn ourselves, to live and behave toward God as if we somehow still are slaves? It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!
Today, embrace the freedom God offers to each of us through the sanctifying work of Christ. Be free! And let the life-giving truth of the Gospel be your guide.