I prayed that God would make me a learner and responder, and that I would never forget what that means as a missionary. I prayed we would always be centered on God's will, not our own, and that God would work in and through us. I prayed God would move in us. I prayed that we would have an unfailing love for God's people as He has had for us.
And for some reason, it led me to reflect on what it means to be "free" in Christ. Haven't we heard those words often in the church? Often times it doesn't seem "free" to follow Jesus, but rather it seems to cost a lot. Often in the church I grew up in, it felt a high price to pay, a long list of "don'ts" in order to follow Jesus. It's unfortunate that many are living with this idea. Here were my thoughts that day on what it means to be "free" in Christ.
Being "free" in Christ means we're free from the bondage of this world and that with Jesus we can be restored to what we were created to be, the way God sees us, in his perfect image. We are free from the sin that snares and entangles and keeps us down. Jesus' love penetrates through all that entangled mess to the core of who we are and gives us new life. We were born into slavery, to greed, to money, to success, to a world where there exists abuse, selfishness, death, war and violence. For me, who is oriented toward theology and psychology, sometimes I think of it as when we say yes to Jesus, we invite Jesus into those areas of our lives that need healing, the broken, dark places. I think in Christ, we find the language to unpack the chaos that exists inside as a result of being a part of a broken world, and he helps us make sense of it, and untangle it until we can begin to breathe again, live again, be free from the mess that kept us down.
Not sure if that speaks to anyone today, just had to share...