What is it that keeps us from living in freedom?
I had the opportunity to ask this question in a message recently, and I have been stuck on it since. I gave an answer throughout my message that I thought was sufficient, but the question continued to loom over me. What is it that makes getting through the week a burden for us at times? What is it that makes us feel as though we are constantly stressed out? What keeps us from living joyfully in the freedom that Jesus offers us?
The simple answer is pressure. We feel pressure to be good at our jobs, good parents, good co-workers, good leaders, good friends, good cooks, good at finances, and good _________ . I’m relatively new to the world of adulting, but I’m quickly learning how difficult it is to balance everything. If I can be candid, it’s a daily struggle to fight for the time I need to devote to my wife and my work. Life is seasonal, yes, but it’s easy to look up and years have gone by without devoting the time, effort, and energy to the things that matter most to us.
It’s easy for me to get to a place where I feel overwhelmed by the pressures of life. I want everything to go well and be done the right way, but it just seems impossible at times. And when I get to that place, I typically realize that I’ve placed my identity in my job, marriage, and things of this world and not in who I am in Christ.
The truth is that none of us can ever experience true freedom apart from the grace and truth of the Father. If we truly wish to plug into the power of Jesus, we must come to the realization that we can’t do this on our own. We must be humble enough to admit we need our Creator to do for us what we could never earn or do for ourselves—forgive our sins.
Meditate on Psalm 130:3 and be still. Simply rest in the presence of the good and mighty God.