Sunday, May 22, 2016

do not let yourselves

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  ~Galatians 5:1

One little word.  I’ve probably read it a thousand times.  But for some reason this time I saw it.  Not that I didn’t lay my eyes on it before, but somehow, this time, I actually saw it.  “It is for freedom that Christ set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”  How could I have missed it for so long?  When my freedom is being jeopardized by my circumstances or my anxieties, or the thousand-and-one other things that can threaten my sense of freedom, it is not something that is out of my control like I tend to tell myself.  It is something I let happen to me.  Christ has given me freedom, I am the one who lets myself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.  I let the anxieties dominate me.  I let my circumstances control me.  Jesus offers me the freedom to not let that happen.  I am not just a victim.  I am not helpless and defenseless.  I have the power to stand firm from those attacks in Jesus.  In him, and in the freedom he offers, I can say no to the yoke of slavery, whatever it may be.  Is it that easy?  No, not at all.  As a matter of fact it’s one of the hardest things we will ever do.  Is it that simple?  Yes, it certainly is!  Because it is for freedom that Christ has set me free.  Be free.

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