Wednesday, July 14, 2021
One evening in the winter of my freshman year at college, I sat in the front row of the packed gymnasium holding an orange landline telephone. On stage were the Imperials, with Joe Moscheo sitting at the grand piano in front of me. I was the intermediary between Joe and the Lighting Team in the sound booth. We were connected by telephone. Joe made fun of me several times that night for being on the phone, but every time he wanted adjustments to the lighting he would speak the directions to me and I would relay them to the lighting guys. It was a fun night.
About halfway through the show, the request was made to put a spotlight on Sherman Andrus. He was going to sing a song entitled “Jesus Made Me Higher.” During the song he stopped and gave a testimony, and as he did, I put down my phone. He spoke about all the things in life we use to qualify ourselves. Sex. Money. Drugs. Alcohol. Status. Relationships. Yet none of them ever gratify or satisfy. He said that there is only one thing that qualifies us – the life of Jesus Christ in us. And if we say we have Jesus, but still pursue all the things of the world, then we are living beneath our privilege.
I will never forget those words – living beneath our privilege. So many of us are doing just that when we continue to use the law as I used a telephone that night. We use the law as our intermediary between us and God. We hear the law, we relay our obedience to the law, and we hope to see the right light. But the law cannot save us. Only Christ Jesus can save us. He is more than our intermediary. He is our mediator. He is the Promise given to us who believe so that in Him we have been given the Spirit of God and made eternal children of God.
Look at these powerful and transforming words from the Apostle Paul.
Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
By grace alone, through faith in Christ alone, we are made the eternal children of God.
Stop living beneath your privilege.