Wednesday morning I went to my early morning small group. In my opinion, it was one of the best hours we have ever spent together.
As I was driving to work that morning I got to thinking about freedom. What kept running through my mind is, “Who the Son has set free – he is free indeed.”
As I pulled into the parking lot where I work, I looked up and saw two white vans driving down the road. On the side of the vans it read, “State Prisoners”. Through the glare on the windows I could see the bars and the orange jump suits. Again, I thought about freedom. I thought about my freedom that I enjoy physically that they do not share.
Sure I’m free to drive my car, walk, and go just about anywhere I want to go. They can’t. Yet, I ask myself, “Am I really free?”
The answer is an emphatic – YES! No matter what my mood is.
My place in Christ stands on being free from the chains of sin. Only through Christ can one experience true freedom. My spiritual position is one of freedom. I do have the consequences of past decisions I’ve made. In some areas I feel the bondage to those things. But I know God is at work to liberate and in the process of being liberated He is providing great teaching so I can learn from this… so that someone else may never taste the physical bondage I’ve experienced – my well is deep.
My Utmost for His Highest reads today,
God writes our new name only on those places in our lives where He has erased our pride, self-sufficiency, and self-interest. Some of us have our new name written only in certain spots, like spiritual measles. And in those areas of our lives we look all right. When we are in our best spiritual mood, you would think we were the highest quality saints. But don’t dare look at us when we are not in that mood. A true disciple is one who has his new name written all over him— self-interest, pride, and self-sufficiency have been completely erased.
Joel sent me this txt message tonight:
I found freedom, it was the kind you’re looking for