Friday Saturday!!! Dang it, I’m a day late. But YESTERDAY was the first Friday in July… which means it’s time to link up with Elizabeth at Words and Wonder for First Friday Finds. Ready? One verse, fifteen minutes, and… go.
As we celebrate Independence Day, we celebrate FREEDOM! Freedom is AMAZING!!! But, can I be real with you for a second?
Freedom gives me anxiety.
For example, a friend gave me two solid hours of kid-free time the other morning and I spent the first ten minutes trying to decide what to do. Something relaxing? Something practical? WHAT DO I DO WITH MYSELF!?!
(I got groceries.) (But without kids, it was both practical AND relaxing.) (Kind of.)
Freedom can be unexpectedly frightening and overwhelming. You long for it, but when you have it, you’re not sure what to do with it. And often, you do what you did when you WEREN’T free.
“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.” – Galatians 5:1
Clearly, God knows our tendencies. Isn’t it interesting that we’re told in Scripture to stand firm in freedom? Like He knows we’re pulled back to the familiar old burdensome ways.
WHY has Christ set us free? FOR FREEDOM!
Sounds pretty simple.
Until I try to live that out. What in the world do I do with REAL FREEDOM. Where do I even begin? WHAT DO I DO WITH MYSELF!?!
Thankfully, six verses later, I’m told exactly what to do with myself:
“In Christ Jesus… The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” – Galatians 5:6
EXPRESS my faith in the One who set me free… and express that faith through LOVE.
YES. I will stand firm on that all day long.