You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Freedom. That word has simmered in the depths of my soul these last couple of weeks.
God showed me an example of freedom this week through my children.
My niece had been fighting an uphill battle with strep infections. Following an appointment with an ENT specialist they decided to remove her tonsils. So to ease her anxiety over the surgery and have a fun day before she loses two weeks of summer vacation, I loaded all the kids in the car and we went to a local trampoline park.
OH. MY. WORD! Best mom decision EVER!!!
Friends, this place was air conditioned, there were college aged kids at every trampoline station to monitor behavior and make sure kids didn’t get hurt, and there were plush leather recliners in front of a wall of televisions for the parents enjoy! The experience was worth every penny I spent!
The kids had a blast! Of course I took advantage of the comfy recliners, but while I was out on the trampoline floor trying to get cheesy pictures of my kids and watching the little ones bounce out their energy, it struck me. My children totally understand the gift of freedom.
These boys were living a dream. They didn’t care how much it cost me for their entrance fee, they weren’t counting down the minutes of their time frame, they weren’t worried about ANYTHING except bouncing.
They had boundaries, a time frame and surveillance. But most importantly to them, they were free to bounce.
It made me think about this word God’s been stewing in my heart.
He gives me Scripture to guide my boundaries, a lifetime to do the work, and the Holy Spirit to lead me. But most importantly, He sets me free to do the work He calls me to do.
Freedom means I’ve been released from bondage. So why do I so often return to it?
That’s NOT what He wants of me. He’s so clear. He set me free so I would serve others humbly in love.
Free to look past pain and see grace.
Free from fear.
Free to walk away from bondage and into redemption.
Free to ignore the voice of rejection.
Free to combat the enemy.
Free to defend the territory God gives me.
Free to hold myself to His word and not the words of culture.
Free to be the woman He created me to be.
Free from the weight of my sin.
Free from the story of my past.
Free from the lies the enemy wants me to believe.
Free to share my voice.
I am free. Free to love. Free to serve. Free to be exactly the one He wants me to be.
Let’s choose to live in the freedom and serve in love!