Hey guys! How's it going?
I hope you are having a great week :)
I wanted to write about something that has been on my mind lately, and that is: Freedom.
Last week I saw that the Amsterdam pride festival was coming up and took the opportunity to go and see what this declaration meant.
But for me, I wanted to go to the event to talk about our Freedom in Christ :)
When I witnessed the festival, I saw something. I saw that these were people who recognized something within them, and were willing to really celebrate it openly with an 'I don't care what you think of me' attitude (I'm really reminded of Demi Lovato's 'I really don't care' song and video right now haha!)
If we hold on to what people think, we will never be free.
Now, this is not a discussion of whether being gay is right or wrong. What I'm talking about is: once someone has a true, real and enlightened experience of who they are in Christ, they want to jump up and down to tell the world about it, and celebrate it.
I'm not saying go out and get crazy, but I'm saying, celebrate it.
Freedom in Christ, is freedom from the inside. It is not from the outside where we pretend like everything's going alright and we have everything under control. In fact, it's a big ol' mess sometimes, and that's what freedom is all about. It is about recognizing who you are, holding onto it, knowing that you can't get it right all the time and yet still having hope to hold onto: and that is Christ.
This blog is made for those who want freedom. Freedom means one who is not a slave. A slave is a legal property of another; they work hard without proper recognition or appreciation of who they are. They are dependent and lost without their owner, and need their owner to survive. They're controlled.
Slavery in Christ means being a servant of Christ. *phew* you thought that was something else didn't you? And yet it means that you are free.
I read this the other day: "And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds" (Titus 2:11-14 NLT)
Another translation says, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…" (Titus 2:11-14 NIV).
It may be hard, and we will make mistakes, but His Grace is sufficient for all. Praise be to God for that. Hallelujah, He is so worthy of praise.
No more worldly ways, no more pleasure which take us away from Christ, no more unnecessary weight on your back.
Note: (You can listen to Hillsong Young & Free's album for inspiration :)