Slave or Child?

Friday, February 26, 2010

Well I got myself a T-shirt that says what I believe
I got letters on my bracelet to serve as my ID
I got the necklace and the key chain
And almost everything a good Christian needs, yeah
I got the little Bible magnets on my refrigerator door
And a welcome mat to bless you before you walk across my floor
I got a Jesus bumper sticker
And the outline of a fish stuck on my car
And even though this stuff's all well and good, yeah
I cannot help but ask myself--

What about the change?
What about the difference?
What about the grace?
What about forgiveness?
What about a life that's showing
I'm undergoing the change, yeah
I'm undergoing the change

Well I've got this way of thinking that comes so naturally
Where I believe the whole world is revolving around me
And I got this way of living that I have to die to every single day
'Cause if God's Spirit lives inside of me, yeah
I'm gonna live life differently

I'm gonna have the change
I'm gonna have the difference
I'm gonna have the grace
I'm gonna have forgiveness
I'm gonna live a life that's showing
I'm undergoing the change

--Steven Curtis Chapman, "The Change", 1999

You are all sons/daughters of God through faith in Jesus Christ....God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts and the Spirit calls out Abba, Father...since you are no longer a slave...God has made you an heir. [Don't turn back to those weak and miserable principles and be enslaved by them all over again!]
Galations 4: 1-9
[my paraphrase]


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