When my oldest daughter was 2 years old, we had just adopted our son, and I was pregnant with our youngest daughter. Needless to say, my oldest was not only about to get evicted from her crib, but she was also about to get a new roommate. Having heard horror stories from friends about toddlers roaming free at night and throwing potty training into the mix, we were prepared for the worst. We were shocked to find that we had a completely different problem.
Our toddler wouldn’t get out of the bed, ever, for anything, unless we came to get her. She had an unbelievable amount of new freedom that she wasn’t taking advantage of! She was living like the bars on the crib were still there.
It can be easy to fall back into old habits, even ones that aren’t beneficial to us. Things that are comfortable can make us feel safe, even when they are harmful. God has set you free from your past sin, and Jesus has called you to a life abundant and free from the chains of your sin. Don’t forget, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10, ESV).
God wants you to walk in His freedom—not freedom to sin, but freedom from sin. He longs for you to live a life abiding in Him and controlled by the Holy Spirit. When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we have access to freedom beyond what we can imagine.
What has God freed you from through Jesus’ sacrifice that you are still being held captive by? Ask God to show you how to walk in the freedom He has given you from sin as you abide in Him.