This is an article I wrote for the Worship Team Blog, and I felt it was fitting for every one of us. My added prayer to this article is that the reality of our freedom will bring a resurgence of JOY in our lives, and fanatical thanksgiving in response!
"Then you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
This passage was written to the Jews who had believed Jesus. This passage was written with us in mind.
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
"You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?"
How's it going? Are you still walking in the complete freedom you were designed to walk in? Positionally we're totally free in Christ....His doing, not ours. Unfortunately, we still tie ourselves up with unforgiveness, idolatry, cool-hearted expressions of love, being preoccupied with everything except the One who we invited in as Lord and Love of our lives. I especially love the verse in Galations 5:7, "Who cut in on you.....?" This reminds me of when God asked Adam in Genesis, "Adam, where are you?" (Genesis 3:9)I know that Jesus would ask us the question Paul is asking, already knowing the answer.
When we lose our first love, we are not living in freedom. We have freedom, but we're not living in it. When we hold onto unforgiveness and other things that can hinder so, we're forsaking, to a degree, the most costly act of love ever demonstrated.
Let's return. Return to freedom, return to the Truth, return to Jesus. Thank Him for His welcoming heart of restoration. Remember, we're running to win! Running to glorify!