Slowly, bit by bit, the restrictions due to Covid are now being relaxed and lifted. For some the lack of physical contact with family and friends has been the hardest part. We have missed those bonds of love and companionship outside of our household, being able to be with other people. While others have missed the large outdoor spaces and are now flooding back, to visit the mountains and the beaches, to enjoy the peace and tranquility.
But there is also a place of no restrictions that has nothing to do with the literal wide-open space, and has everything to do with real freedom!
Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’John 8:31-32
What does it mean ‘the truth will set you free?’
Jesus was responding to the ongoing dispute over His identity. He was speaking to many new believers of the freedom that comes with faith in Him. They did not understand straight away that Jesus was speaking of spiritual freedom. Everyone who sins is a slave to sin for we cannot break free in our own strength, which is why we need a Saviour.
The truth that Jesus brings is the revelation of God’s salvation plan. True freedom only comes when we are reconciled to God, with the knowledge of the forgiveness of our sins, by Jesus’ death and resurrection.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”John 8:36
Freedom from Fear
When we realise that we are set free from fear in God’s perfect love for us, we are released into the wide-open space of His grace. A place of acceptance, a place of blessing, a place where there is a deep inner rest for our souls.
God created each one of us uniquely, with an individual plan and purpose for our lives. Only you can do, what you can do! In faith we are set free from the fear of failure, and what other people might think of us. There comes a release and a new freedom to try, to step out trusting in God’s plan for our lives.
May our choices be led by faith, rather than be governed by fear!
Freedom from Restriction
In faith, we can start to remove the restrictions that we, and maybe even other people, have placed on ourselves.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”Psalm 139:14
We are God’s masterpiece, each one of us individual and precious to Him, we are not mass produced. God has a plan for you, which fits perfectly with who you are, because God made you for that reason. It will not be the same as His plan for me, or for the next person – in the wide open space of God’s grace there is room for each one of us.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”Ephesians 2:10
Freedom from Comparison
When we look competitively at someone else’s life, and we start to compare ourselves to others, our focus slips. If we are not careful, envy and covetousness can try to gain a hold. Seeds of discontent may start to creep in and we look at what we think we lack, rather than what we have been given. We justify to ourselves, if only I had what they had, then I could be doing what they are doing – but the fact is, we are not meant to be doing what anyone else is doing!
Freedom from Expectation
God’s unique plan for you is exactly that, and to be able to walk in that plan free from other people’s expectations, is the freedom of being yourself in the Lord!
“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted for us – set us right with him, make us fit for him – we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide-open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise”.Romans 5:1-2 MSG
Is God whispering to your spirit? This may be a time to re-imagine the way ahead. A time to seek God for fresh direction and purpose. Will you join with me? Edging out into the wide-open space, to shout our praise and glory to God, visible for all to see, with the freedom to be ourselves, secure in our God given identity.