When many of us first embraced Christianity, we almost immediately began to define our journey by the things we could no longer do. The words ‘not’, ‘do not’ and ‘cannot’ came to characterize not only our approach to our new-found faith, but the ways we lived it out as well.
However, the more I read the Jesus story the more I begin to realize that our journey with Christ and his body has never been about what we ‘can’t’ and ‘shouldn’t’ do, but more about what we ‘can’ and ‘should’ do.
While there will always be things we need to avoid as followers of Jesus, his language and life centered less on things we need to avoid and more on things we need to accept. He didn’t worry about those things the religious establishment of his day said he couldn’t do, who to avoid and what laws he couldn’t break.