In America, we have numerous rights. We have the Bill of Rights that contain the first ten amendments to the Constitution. These amendments protect the natural rights to property and liberty, and the amendments guarantee numerous personal rights. If you enjoy television dramas, you know about Miranda Rights, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law…”
But what about Christ-followers, do we have any rights apart from our constitutional rights? While you ponder that a minute, I will answer with an emphatic “No!” Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
If we believe God’s Word, then, why do we, as believers, demand our rights? How many times a day do we forget our “right”eousness and exercise our “rights” to snap at our husbands, to gossip with our friends, to tell a little white lie, or to back out on our commitments? Since Christ gave Himself up for us, we no longer live but He lives in us. We gave up our rights when we decided to follow Him.
Maybe, it’s time to give up our perceived rights and wave the white flag of surrender. At Passion 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, Chris Tomlin sang the song, “White Flag.” To read the words and view the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G5k7GUTRZ8
What rights have you been demanding in your life? When will you wave the white flag of surrender?
Heavenly Father, Through your Son, Jesus, we take hold of the righteousness that is ours and we relinquish all rights to self. We wave the white flag of surrender. We choose to align ourselves wholeheartedly to our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen
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