"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." (2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV)
God's presence offers freedom. It is a place where we can enjoy His grace, mercy, justice, love, and all that He is. He is in the business of breaking the chains— of sins, hurts, doubts, selfishness, guilt, unforgivingness, bitterness, anger, insecurities, and fear, to name a few—, that hinder us from living the free life which He has planned. All it takes is for us to believe and live within that freedom which the Lord is eager to give us. But oftentimes, we are distrustful and unbelieving.
I remember how passionate God was to save the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and take them to the promised land as it is written in the Old Testament. However, the stubborn, impatient, and ungrateful attitude of these people always put them to wanting to go back into the hands of Pharaoh whenever they face uncomfortable situations on their journey— as if life as his slaves is better than life under God's power, provision, and protection. Seems familiar, right? They are so much like us.
We always tend to go back to the place God has already delivered us from.
There was a certain area of my life which the Lord has already set free, but I was always looking back to my past situation. To tell you honestly, the hurts and pains I lived in for years seemed to be my comfort zone and my heart was so used to it that I oftentimes yearn to go back... despite the fact that I know joy and peace awaits me on the other side. There were moments I missed the feeling of brokenness or the sighs and weepings— even worse, the distress. I forgot that God took me out of that pathetic situation because I wasn't meant for it.
I was distracted and had a hard time worshiping God with all that I am. It blocked the blessing of growing deeper in faith and in the knowledge of Christ because I was not willing to surrender everything completely to Him. Another thing is that I hold out on the chance for others to be free as well. Yep. I realized that people who are unfree also imprison others to themselves. Thankfully, He didn't leave me until I go back to my senses and remember that nothing compares to what He has in store for me if I just wholeheartedly let Him lead me away from the bondage I was in.
Are we living the true freedom in Christ?
When getting that freedom means stepping out of our comfort zones and letting go of things and people we held onto for so long, we tend to hold back. Perhaps, because we don't know what the process will bring and how much we are required to give up. It scares us to choose what He has to offer. But can there be any better place than where the Lord's Spirit is? The place of abundant freedom... to run, to dance, to sing, to laugh, to serve, to love, to live, to breathe, to dream, to fly. It's such a glorious place. No matter what comes our way, still there is nothing more beautiful than the life within God's presence, promise, and will.
How do we enter that place? It's time we get down on our knees and ask God to come break the chains that rob us of the life He meant to give and grant us the desire to live in His glorious freedom.And may the Lord give us the heart to share that freedom to the world around us.