Updated: Feb 2, 2018
Every day I learn more what freedom in Christ means. The weight of how undeserving we are of this freedom runs deep. No matter how much we don’t deserve freedom in Christ, we are still called to live in it every day, no matter how broken and sinful our lives might seem.
In Galatians 5:1, Paul writes “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”
True freedom is completely free of the law. Through the cross of Christ we are no longer obligated to hold the law in its entirety. The law was given to us from God to show us how sinful we are. And we are never able to keep it, for even one day. We are now covered in God’s grace. This grace covers all of our sins, no matter how big they may seem.
God’s grace is something we cannot fully understand. Grace means that even when we turn on Christ and completely abandon our Creator for his creation that will not satisfy, we are still welcomed and desired in his kingdom. Grace means that no matter how long we turn from God be it seconds, months, years, we are welcome the second we turn to him. Grace means for me that even in the midst of suffering and longing to be satisfied, if I reach out, God will give me full satisfaction in him alone.
Grace means that when life is hard, and the weight of my mistakes seems to fall on my shoulders, God has already lifted this burden from us. God’s grace gives us the confidence and strength to stand up and walk in his presence. Until we let God’s grace be enough for us, then nothing will ever be enough.
Paul says more about our freedom in Christ in Galatians 5:13 when he says,
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my dear brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.”
Through the cross we are now able to be completely free from our sin. We no longer look to be satisfied by broken creation. Freedom in Christ doesn’t mean we are never going to sin again. Freedom in Christ means we are no longer held down by our sin. For us to know the freedom of Christ, and continue to live in sin without conviction, is to not be in Christ at all. Christ did not die so we could sin. Christ died so we can be free of sin. The bible is clear on what is considered sin, yet freedom from sin extends further than being free from a life being drunk, sexually immoral, jealous, and selfish. God shows me more every day of how far his freedom extends in my life. Freedom in Christ means we have no obligation to find wholeness and satisfaction through anything in the world.
No creation will ever bring us satisfaction. No relationship. No career. No hobby. No person. No dog. No cat. No achievement. Nothing. Even those we consider closest to us will never be able to satisfy us. Until Christ is enough, nothing will ever be enough. We will never be able to pour ourselves out for anyone until we understand the weight of God’s grace. I will never be able to serve others fully until Christ is enough for me. In walking through hard times, Christ being enough has become ever more important. I fight the fact that Christ is enough daily. But he has to be enough. In the end, He is all we have. And we have complete freedom to have Christ as our only satisfaction.
We are completely covered by God’s grace. I know now that I have no obligation to be tied down by sin. God has taken this weight from me, from us. My satisfaction remains in Christ alone. Through pressing into the church and the freedom I have in Christ, he will use me. If pushing toward Christ through hard times in our lives means we will be better prepared to serve others and further Gods kingdom, then Christ is enough. We have freedom in Christ and we are covered by his grace, all we have to do is step into it.