I wish you could have heard the women sing at this weekend’s retreat: “I am free to run, I am free to dance, I am free to live for you, I am free!” Their voices, filled with enthusiasm, nearly lifted the roof. And their actions tickled me from the inside out.
Someone in the front row could not contain her joy. She grabbed her neighbor’s hand and together they stepped away from their chairs. They cruised the room in step to the music, their arms reaching toward heaven. A couple dozen others followed their example. Celebration filled the air. It’s been a long time since I’ve sensed such joy-filled, uninhibited freedom within a group of believers, and boy, oh boy, was it refreshing!
As believers, we have every reason to sing and dance. After all, Christ purchased our freedom when He died and rose again. Because of His great love for us, we are no longer slaves to sin and its destructive forces. We are free. Free. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Christ said, “I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light’” (Isaiah 49:9). He’s all about our freedom. Do you feel trapped today by worry? Despair? Unforgiveness? Disappointment? A besetting sin? If so, move your focus from your circumstances and inadequacies to the One who’s beckoning you to better things. “Come out in freedom,” He says. “Leave your chains behind.”
Christ’s invitation to “come out” kinda reminds me of His words to Lazarus – “Come out from the grave!” I can see it now—the once-dead man now singing, “I am free to run, I am free to dance, I am free to live for you, I am free!” Imagine the vigor and enthusiasm in his voice!
We should be as grateful. We who were once dead in our sins are now free indeed. Let’s stay that way. Let’s not let worry, despair, unforgiveness, disappointments, and besetting sins capture and control us any longer.
We are free! That’s worth celebrating! Do you agree?
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