Freedom: In-To-Dependence

July 4, 2013

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” Galatians 5:1 The Message

You didn’t earn your freedom. You’ve fought countless battles and had moments of battle-free living .. but you were never free. There is a part of us that wants to be able to say that we earned our freedom .. that we fought valiantly against overwhelming odds and won. Except .. that part of you that wants to claim some ownership of your freedom has been lying all along. That part of you doesn’t really want your freedom .. it just wants you to think that you played a part .. that you did your best so that God would come through with his part. Your true In-to-dependence Day was fought by the only One who could set you free. There were no fireworks .. maybe just a few sparks of nails and a hammer. There were no shouts of celebration .. just jeers and accusations. Your real freedom began with the words “It is finished”. A seeming defeat set you free from sin .. from guilt .. from shame ..from paralyzed living .. from the prison of other’s expectations .. and the never-ending pursuit of being accepted. All of that and more was given to you in Christ. He fought all those battles for your life. God’s real freedom is living in-dependence upon His indwelling life. There is no such thing as an open life outside of Christ. Jesus is the christian life. It’s His life that leads you into freedom. And once you live in Christ’s freedom .. you discover that all other offers of independence only leads you back into another version of the life you lived without Christ. When you let Jesus set you free .. He invites you with these words: “Follow Me” … and the freedom trail you walk is into the wide open spaces of God’s redeeming and unfailing love. Christ is indefatigable freedom. You are really free. Are you walking in the deep dependence that is yours in Christ? It only takes a moment…

But thank God you’ve started listening to a new master, one whose commands set you free to live openly in his freedom!” Romans 6:16 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Son-freed followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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