“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the LORD’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” Isaiah 61:1-3 NLT
I’ve been thinking about freedom a lot lately. Earlier this year, it was my turn to lead our study, and that was my subject: freedom in Christ.
Isaiah 61 is part of what I was reading today, and I thought I would share my thoughts with you.
Our freedom isn’t found in our country, or a leader, or really in anything. Our freedom is found only in Christ. Anything else is false.
The Lord has released us as captives from our sin! He has shined a light into the darkness of our lives that leaves us blinking like a newborn exposed to light for the first time. He brings us comfort. He wants to show us the beauty that He has put around us, even in the ashes of what we thought were our greatest dreams. He will clothe us in radiant garments of praise, not cloak us in the bleakness of despair.
So the question I have: why are we not living like we have been radically saved? Why are we not living and loving those around us like Christ has called us to do? Why are we hiding our freedom to proclaim Christ’s goodness and glory to all we know?
Part of our issues stem from fear: fear of changes, fear of ridicule, fear of not being “normal”. You know what though? Life is all about changes. And it’s okay to not be normal. Embrace the changes. Enjoy the life God has given you. Love the people around you like Christ has loved you. See those who are on the opposite side of you with the eyes of God. I hope you are out there living a life that has been radically saved by the grace of God.
P.S. None of this is political. I’m just busy over here trying to find my way out of the darkness that has been stealing over me the last year.