“Freedom” is a word that is getting used a lot lately, particularly as it refers to the lack of such. Being from a free country can often cause us to think that our rights are supreme. Living in a more socialistic country for half of my life has given me a greater appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy in the USA. But it has also given me a different perspective on our demand for “rights”. As more special interest groups begin to demand their own “rights”, one can quickly see how one person’s rights can easily infringe on another person’s rights. It can be a slippery slope.
Christ has freed us
Those of us who know Christ know there is a different kind of freedom that is far more valuable than that of a nation. By His death on the cross, Christ has freed us from the bondage of sin and eternal condemnation. And as John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. But just 5 chapters later we have the example Jesus sets for us by washing the feet of His disciples. And Mark 10:45 tells us, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” We are indeed free, but that freedom is to be used to serve God and others.
Freedom in release
Another aspect of freedom I have been learning about lately is the freedom that comes through release. Being a mom is one of my greatest joys, but also one of my greatest challenges. Like any mother, I want the very best for my kids. I hate to see them make decisions that I know will hurt them. My heart’s desire for each of them, however, is that they would know Christ. Every night my prayer is “Please help ___ to know and love Jesus more every day.”. What if knowing Him better requires a brokenness that pains my heart to see? What if my holding on too tightly is keeping that from happening? I have had to learn the very real and painful lesson of letting go, of releasing my children back into the hands of the One who created them and truly knows them. And with that release has come freedom. Freedom from constant worry, doubt, and the need to control.
I am still learning, as we all are. What does freedom truly mean? What does it look like in my service, in my parenting? This week what does Freedom in Release look like for me? May I truly use my freedom in Christ to serve Him, my family, and those around me.
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