When you grow up hearing a concept it can stop speaking to you. You can deafen your ears to the word and numb your heart to the truth.
“Yeah, yeah. He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. Got it.”
And we move onto the next thing as if what Jesus spoke in this verse of Scripture doesn’t have some life-changing implications.
We can get so caught up in knowing something that we complete miss experiencing that something.
Now, I don’t pretend to be a Spanish expert, but I do enjoy the language immensely. One of the things about the language that has stuck with me for years and that I will never forget is there are two verbs for the concept “to know”.
Saber and conocer.
The first word saber means to know intellectually while conocer means to know intimately, to be familiar with.
When the Lord laid this verse on my heart this morning I was struck by the reality that I knew He had called me to live in freedom (saber), but I wasn’t living my life in the intimate knowledge of this truth (conocer).
What are you binding yourself with? What is hindering you from living in the freedom Christ has called you into?
For me, I am my own worst enemy.
I expect perfection from myself. I expect myself to have all the answers to life’s situations. I expect to be prepared for whatever is thrown my direction.
I am living as a prisoner of self-expectation, a slave to what I think I need to be.
And over and over God lovingly reminds me, “I’ve got this, Ashley. I’ve got this. Give it back to me.”
“Just give it back to me, Daughter. Trust me. Be obedient to me.”
In His compassion, Christ has set me free. If you have committed your life to Him, He has set you free. If you are on the journey to becoming a disciple of Christ, He wants to set you free.
Not partially liberated. Not halfway unchained.
Completely and totally, mind and body, heart and soul free.
In Galatians 5 Paul implores the church to stand firm in the freedom of Christ and not to “be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” When their focus turned from God they began to seek righteousness and identity elsewhere and this proved to be a hindrance to their spiritual walk.
Today I want to encourage you to walk in freedom. True, authentic freedom of being a son or a daughter of the Most High God. We find ourselves only in Him. We can only truly be at rest when we walk alongside the Holy Spirit. We can only begin to find our potential when we are lost in Christ and hidden in the cross.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free.