I was killing time reading decorative plaques when I was suddenly filled with a startling sense of joy–an internal whiff of life as it should be. I paused to thank God and consider the source. I asked silently “why do I feel this way?” That inner voice we sometimes hear answered immediately, “this is what Freedom feels like”. Ahhhhh…it made perfect sense.
To a guy who spent big chunks of life tied up by all kinds of inward and outward stuff, freedom is my favorite word. Honestly, I wasn’t familiar with that feeling. Too many years bound. Too few free.
But right there in the middle of home decor I sensed it–this is what it is like when Jesus makes you free.
Reflecting on it, I remembered some thoughts prompted by God’s promise to Moses about getting the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery. I jotted down some of God’s promise statements:
- I will release you from the weight. That stuff that was too big for you isn’t too big for Me. I’ll do the heavy lifting.
- I will reestablish your identity. I will strip off the labels that identify you as a slave–addict, compulsive, user, slave.
- I will restore what you have lost. I can restore what has been squandered and stolen.
- I will rebuild your capacity to love. I freely choose you so that you can willingly choose Me.
- I will refresh your sense of purpose. I loose your bonds to free you ‘to’ not just ‘from’. Your life is no “unto” something.
- I will renew your vision of destiny. I will bring you home where you truly fit into what I designed, desire and delight in.
That–and nothing short of that–is God’s passionate longing for our freedom. That’s what I felt that day in the middle of the flowers and fluff.
Reality. Kingdom. Life.
William Wallace was right…it’s worth it.
(Thoughts based on Exodus 6:6ff)