Freedom! Give me freedom to worship and enjoy Jesus without someone telling me what to wear to church or how to worship. Freedom to serve without someone telling me how to serve or what to say. When Jesus is in your heart, HE will lead you to do the right thing.
To be found in Jesus, Paul says, is worth more than all of his religio...n, race, and ritual. It is a relationship with the Almighty God. It is Jesus. Paul says, “I’m tired of trying. I’m going to start trusting.” Basically, Paul lived a life of working his way to heaven before he met the Lord on the road to Damascus (see Acts 9). Legalism is a terrible thing. It is a harsh task master under which no one can succeed. Liberty, not legalism, is what the Lord Jesus Christ offers — freedom, not bondage; relationship, not religion. We give up nothing for which Jesus will not abundantly offer more than we could ever hope or dream.