Have you ever been to jail? I have had a couple friends who have spent some time locked up. It is no fun. You are completely on someone else’s schedule. You do what your told and you do it when your told to do it. All the amenities of life are pulled away from you. We are talking basic things like soap to clean yourself. The food is pretty terrible. Think school cafeteria food minus two stars. Your fun time options are clean something, lift weights, watch a little tv, and starring at a wall. You really become a slave to the authorities. Your life is not your own and if you do enough good by following the rules you get could get out of prison.
So many people treat God this way. We might think that in order for us to be right with God or get to Heaven we have to follow the rules. We create this religious prison and in the end it doesn’t make us right with God. It just gives us the appearance of holiness. God is after our hearts not our works. Don’t create a list of rules to follow. Be free from religious regulations. Jesus set the example for us on what it looks like to live free. Live like Jesus. Question why do what you do. Is it out of religious obligation or out of love for our Savior? If Jesus has set you free from sin then don’t get caught up in trying to earn God’s favor. Jesus already did the work. Live your life like Jesus.
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. -Galatians 5:1