Since I’ve started living my life in agreement with who God says I am, as opposed to believing that what I’ve done or will do is what defines me, there is one word that just seems to jump out of my mouth almost daily: freedom. Being free has completely changed everything for me. The way I use this word leaves a lot up to interpretation in its ambiguity, so let me break down what freedom in Jesus means to me.
Freedom means I am free from the pressure to perform. I am free from guilt. I am free from insecurity caused by failure, comparison, or gossip. I am free from the fear of rejection, oppression, persecution, loneliness, and inadequacy. I am free from addiction to any type of sin. I am free to be the best version of me that I was created to be, uninhibited by the mistakes of my past. I am free from the expectations others may put on me to meet a certain standard. I am free to love without my selfishness getting in the way! Finally, I am free from sin and death themselves (separation from God and eternal death).
The moment I knew I was truly free was when I accepted the fact that my circumstances might not change - in fact they might get worse - and yet God’s love would sustain me. That was the moment I knew I was free. Still faced with the very real, very deserved outcome of my sins, God told me He loved me and gave me peace. It was a peace that didn’t make any sense. And I can honestly say to you that peace has never left (at least not for longer than a few hours).
I went from being slave to sin to being a slave to peace.
Living in this unshakable peace is exactly the type of freedom I know everyone is searching for, so I won’t stop telling people about it now that I’ve found it. I think it is most simply broken down in these two passages from the Bible.
You may be reading this and thinking, Hold up… Jesus said anyone who sins is a slave to sin and the Bible says that everyone has sinned… so aren’t we all slaves to sin? Is Tyler saying he doesn’t sin? BLASPHEMY! lol but before you pick up your stones, check out what the Bible says a little bit after Jesus did this crazy thing where He defeated sin and death at the cross (light flex):
So we’re all born into sin and have committed sin. But if you believe in everything Jesus is, then you are free and “no longer a slave to sin.” So even if you “commit a sin” while living in this freedom, you are STILL free because God doesn’t count it against you anymore.
It’s in the Book y’all. Be free.