John 8:31-36 says: “31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
Eight months ago, I couldn’t even comprehend what these verses meant. I was in bondage to a lie. I kept listening to the stranger’s whisper in my ear telling me I wasn’t full of value and worth.
I was too ashamed to boldly approach the throne of grace and commune with God. I was afraid to talk with my wife because of the addiction I kept hidden for so long. My mind was thinking like the world.
Then, in a moment of grace and mercy, everything changed.
God thumped my heart with His love and the revelation of my sonship. I haven’t been the same since that day.
I can look in the mirror and smile. I see Jesus behind those hazel eyes. I see freedom sparkling like rays of sunshine across the surface of a lake. Come on, people…God has my picture in His wallet.
And, it’s freaking awesome!
As I grow more into my created value and His image every day, I realize how things can no longer affect my relationship with God.
My past has no power. Not to be insensitive (because we’ve all gone through stuff) but what does it matter if we never had a father who loved us? Why does it matter if we were touched wrong as a child?
Now that Christ has come, our past stories don’t define us. They don’t have that power any longer.
We can’t taint our view of God through a lens of what’s happened to us in the past.
We see God through Jesus. Period.
We don’t define God through a lens of how someone is treating us. We define God through Jesus.
I’ve learned not to pray for people to change because it would make my life easier. That’s nothing but selfish wishes, and God will never answer that prayer. Why would He answer something that doesn’t empower us to change? You feel me?
I’ve learned that speaking “truth in love” to people is pointless if my motivation is self-centered in any way. If our motive isn’t because we love someone and anything we say is for their benefit, then we’re not giving them Jesus. We’re doing it out of selfish desires.
We were trained to think that way our entire lives. Self. Self. Self. The world has taught us beliefs that are the polar opposite of becoming love and living like Jesus.
The world has trained us to wake up every morning expecting things from other people. That’s the biggest lie on the planet. No one owes me anything.
We wake up to be love. We wake up to manifest the image of our Father to this world. We wake up because of mercy.
When the realization of truth hits your heart, freedom becomes your anthem.
And when truth sets us free…we are free indeed.