When we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world. (1 Cor. 11:32)

As a parent, we often give our kids subtle tests. Before we grant them complete freedom to do certain things, we often want to see how they will manage smaller things. Even after a clear explanation of this, my kids often forget, and the key to unlocking their freedom ultimately eludes them as other things become more important or immaturity kicks in.

They are certainly not alone; I believe God chastises us as well, wherein he will often test our hearts and discipline us when our character does not line up with his. I used to think those moments were to restrict me and to keep me from having fun, but I have learned as a parent myself that they are ultimately there to protect those we love and to help them steward their freedom well.

A mentor of mine would always say to me, “We tend to violate what we do not value.” Those words ring true today as we look back on each verse and lesson from this week. Ultimately, the goal of our relationship with Jesus is intimacy as he sanctifies us day by day and breaks every chain that would hold us back from living in complete freedom. His sacrifice helped pave the way so that when we take Communion together, we are reminded that anyone whom the Son has set free is free indeed.

Be faithful in the small things.

Santes Beatty is the multiethnic multiplication catalyst for The Wesleyan Church and campus pastor of Mosaic Midtown Church in Detroit, Michigan.

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Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.