So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Freedom is the greatest of gifts, and it’s one that comes with a heavy price.
But freedom doesn’t mean we do what we want; it means we are gifted with an opportunity to live above ourselves. For truly, there is no greater slave driver than self-indulgence.
Christ’s freedom liberates us from guilt, shame and the desires that drove us to self-destructive habits. We are now empowered to serve others as He served, to deny our own wants so that others can be blessed.
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 1The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
What an amazing experience it must have been for the millions of former slaves to see God’s power deliver them from their oppressors. But the best news is that, for the child of God today, His power is still ready to work in our lives.
Whether we’re struggling against an addiction, emotional turmoil or health issues, it’s important for the Christian to remember that God is on our side. No matter the chaos that surrounds you, remember that He’s the greatest warrior ever.
Stand firm upon His words of promise, believe, and watch Him do amazing things.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
The impact of a single life that is fully devoted to God cannot be overstated. When believers become Christ-focused instead of church or self-focused, that’s when we’re able to make God real to others.
Christ showed us the power of surrender when He said these words that will resound throughout eternity. “Not my will…” How many of us can freely echo those words each day of our life? Is our time at God’s disposal? Do our talents belong to Him alone?
Christ’s example challenges us to rise above ourselves and mold our nature to His own. Like Christ, we are in this world to display the glory of God. It’s not about us; it’s about HIM. Without that “death” to ourselves, there can be no “resurrection” of Christ’s life in us.
Submitting to the will of God is not easy—as Jesus also showed us when His sweat became like blood. Confessing our wrongs, forgiving others or resisting popular opinion to stand with God’s Word is never easy, is it?
I’ll be honest and say it’s not.
But it’s what Christ’s Church was born to do.
As we approach Good Friday, let us not only consider what surrender cost the Son of God but let us also ask ourselves if we are willing to surrender our will to our Heavenly Father every day.