Walking in Freedom

I am reading Thomas A Kempis,Imitations of Christand find it to be quite thought provoking and sometimes weighty and hard to digest. The other day I was moved by his statement that peace and freedom are a result of surrendered obedience!

So much in our culture tells us that freedom is doing what we want. Freedom is about carving my own path, demonstrating my own independence, being my own person. But according to Scripture, we “walk in freedom” when we “are devoted to [His] commandments.” (Psalm 119:45) Recently during our family devotional time we read portions of Psalm 119, including this verse. And we asked the kids what it could mean, “walking in freedom by keeping commands.”  This resulted in an interesting and compelling discussion.

What things are we free from when we submit to God’s direction in our lives? We are free from sinful choices that draw us away from the pursuit of Christ and mar our testimony before others. We are free from the consequences of choosing sin. We are free from fear of the unknown, because our hearts are steadied by knowing God is the one in control–the one Whose direction we follow. We are free from our own selfish ambitions. We are free from emotional turmoil and frustration. We are free from guilt. We are free from self-condemnation and a million “what if’s” and “if only’s”

And what are we free for? We are free to worship God as we demonstrate trust in His goodness. We are free to rely on the Spirit of God to guide our steps even in the valley of the shadow. We are free to give our burdens to the Lord and allow His perfect love to cast out fear. We are free to love others without demanding a return. We are free to thank God for His power and provision in our lives. We are free to use our gifts, our talents, our minds, our resources to promote Jesus and His glory.

None of that freedom is possible when we walk in disobedience. Before salvation, walking in freedom was impossible. We were in bondage to sin and a slave of Satan. But once we become a new creature in Christ, by faith in His awesome provision, we have the Spirit of God within us, and submission to Him leads to true, God-defined freedom!


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