I am so thankful to be free. As I listen to the fire works going off and hear the patriotic speeches, I remember how privileged I am to live in a nation where I am free to speak my mind, practice my religion, vote, etc. But true freedom is found in God. Many people are still imprisoned in their lives because they haven’t accepted Christ as their savior or they have but they haven’t matured or changed.
I hear stories about people having to meet in secret to worship because it’s against the law to be a Christian and yet they speak out boldly and are joyous despite their circumstances. And I reflect on my day and how impatient I was in traffic or how I whined because it felt too hot in my apartment or how I had to drive 30 minutes to meet with my life group. I’m embarrassed to say that my list could continue with all of the things I could complain about. The point isn’t the complaints but the point is that I have allowed myself to remain enslaved to my sins – you know the ones that you really like and tell yourself it’s not a big deal.
“I’m not coveting what they have – I’m just admiring their lifestyle.”
“I’m eating because I’m hungry – not because I love a good sugar high.”
“I’ll try to forgive them tomorrow – it’s not that a big of a deal.”
We all have our list of things – whether it be an unhealthy relationship or an addiction or discontentment, we have allowed ourselves to remain slaves. It sounds crazy right?
“For freedom, I have set you free, stand firm therefore and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1
Yet, we have a tendency to submit to the yoke of slavery. There’s no condemnation here; I can see it in my own life. Battling a drug addiction led me to substitute it for a nicotine addiction. Ten years later I traded the nicotine in for sugar and am now trying to convince myself that water is just as tasty as coca-cola!
Why do we do this? I can’t speak for everyone but for me it was a combination of a lack of understanding in what being saved means and an unwillingness to lay everything at the foot of the cross. I still have areas where I struggle with giving it all to Him but I’m now aware of these areas and He’s teaching me to work through it.
I encourage you to break the bonds whether it be by accepting Jesus Christ as your savior or by leaving it all at the foot of the cross. It’s a game changer!
We hope ya’ll had a great 4th of July! If you want to talk more about freedom, comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. ❤