Coloring Outside the Lines

masterpieceAfter Lot had separated from him, the Lord said to Abram, “Look from the place where you are. Look north and south, east and west…Get up and walk around the land, through its length and width, for I will give it to you.” (Genesis 13:14, 17)

Ponder It.
When have you gone outside your comfort zone? What happened?
What is one unwritten rule that you live by every day?
Do you tend to push limits or seek security? How does it impact your faith?

Receive It.
God has lines that He wants us to stay inside. However, He gives us a lot of freedom within those lines. He’s not as legalistic as we make Him out to be. Every single guideline He has for us has purpose. He wants to keep us in a relationship with Him, and in order to do that, we need guidelines to help us guard our hearts and live with His bold love. It’s usually our own lines that create more problems than His.

We create lines, then get legalistic about them. Most of the time, the attribute the lines we create to God. We take one of His instructions out of context. We create something out of it that it was never intended to be. Many times, our lines aren’t bad. They’re helpful. They clarify some things for us. They keep us on track. Then they begin to become more important than God’s rules. We become accustomed to our rules, and since they were originally connected to God’s rules, we tie the two together. We assume our own rules are God’s, and we hold ourselves and others tightly to them.

Our rules aren’t always bad, but they’re not replacements for God’s. They can limit us, keeping us from the places He wants us to explore, exposing us to the world as He intends in His timing. Perhaps He guided us to create the guideline for a season in our lives because He knew of our weaknesses, but He never intended us to create a small box to live in for the rest of our lives. Boundaries are good, but we need to know God’s boundaries and explore every single inch within them instead of getting so scared about getting close to His boundaries that we build ours much tighter. Let’s not miss out on a single experience He has planned for us.

Live It.
Go for a stroll. Look around, not just to what’s close to you. What is as far as your eyes can see? How do you choose which path you’re taking? What other paths could you take? What holds you back? Explore a new perspective today.

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