What does “living free in Christ” mean to you?
The follower of Christ is familiar with this piece of Scripture that comes from John 8.36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”.
The word “free” is used widely in the Christian community, and it serves to communicate to us that we are no longer enslaved to the terms and conditions of this world but that we are set free by Jesus Christ himself.
The question in the title has been posed to me recently and I started to examine my own understanding of what it means to truly live as a free soul in Jesus Christ; to continue to move forward from the shackles of my former life and live a life that Paul talks about in Romans 8.
This particular passage has been a feature in my time alone with God. It is a powerful and eloquent piece that only the apostle Paul could write. He challenges us on who we are, and how we view ourselves and the world we live in.
Paul states that we are “more than conquerors through him” v37, “that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God” v39, “That there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” v1 and “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” v28.
Lots to be thankful for, right?
But lately I have had to ask myself the question: am I living the life God intends me to have as it says in His word? Or am I just “doing” for Him, instead of “abiding” in Him. Am I truly “living free” or am I being controlled and influenced by people and the world around me?
How about you?
Being a Christian can be hard going at times. There is persecution all around us. For some it is subtle and for others, much more aggressive. But it is there. We are constantly swimming against the tide.
So how can we live as free as we possibly can, free from the shackles of opinions and judgements of others, and the stuff that life can throw at us?
I know there is more to my life in Jesus. I know there is more of His peace to be had.
I want more of Him, period.
The Christian is constantly being moulded by the hands of the creator. We are constantly in a state of metamorphosis. As Paul writes “you are a new creation and the old is gone” (2 Cor 5.17). It is a constant unfolding that happens throughout our lives as our souls grow and discover more about ourselves and the character of God.
Our freedom in Christ is not a romantic notion. It comes with both a promise and a price, the promise of eternal life for those who choose to pick up their cross and follow Him. (Luke 9.23).
Through the twists and turns of my own life I have learned the following as a follower of Christ:
That I must live my life each day and accept myself and my circumstances until the Lord wills it to be something else.
That I must exercise my soul daily by putting God in first place through prayer and reading his word, leaving no room for the enemy to have a foothold in my life.
That I must serve others, and work only on or towards the standards that are acceptable to God, and only Him.
That I fully accept God’s sovereignty no matter what is going on in the world around me.
That persecution happened to Jesus and his disciples, but He has promised to never leave or forsake us. (Hebrews 13.5).
That through my experiences, good and bad, I have been chosen and set apart for something greater than I could ever imagine. (Psalm 4.3).
That I must believe in God with all my soul, heart and mind, and leave the outcomes to Him.
For me, this is truly living in Christ.
What do you believe?
Have a great day!
Carol J. Kelso
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