How would you feel if your life became a reality TV show? Everything you did and said over the course of a given day would be displayed before the world. Would you be excited or embarrassed?

I had the opportunity to watch a reality TV show about “super-nannies” who transform families from kennels of chaos into trophies of civility. In the episode I watched, the family had kids who were completely out of control. They were free to do as they pleased. The television camera captured one child sliding down the banister on the stairs. Another child threw an object from the balcony upon a child on the main level below. I watched in disbelief as a child flipped one of his siblings. The children were even permitted to display complete disregard for their parents’ authority and slap their own father. Would you consider that freedom?

The free-spirited, do-as-you-please-without-worrying-about-the-consequences mentality of these children is an example of the effects of living by license. Christians sometimes fall into this mentality when they misunderstand the grace of God. They believe living in sin causes God to display more grace, thus the sinful behavior brings Him glory. They reason, if we’re going to Heaven anyway, why not live as we please? The problem with license lies in the fact that yielding to sin puts us in bondage. Christ died for our sins to set us free from bondage — why go back? In contrast, our Heavenly Father wants us to pursue and experience the freedom which comes from closeness with Him.

The cameras are rolling. Will your life be marked by the pursuit of the freedom to do as you please, or by a quest for the true freedom found in a relationship with Jesus Christ? Each day, your choice affects your testimony to the world — so choose wisely.

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.