Most days, around 5 o’clock, I want to strangle life.
I do perfectly fine from 7am-4pm. 4pm starts to get a little dicey, and then 5pm…
I’m hungry, I’m tired, and, more than any of that, I’m emotional.
For 38 years of this life, I have struggled to reign in my emotions. It’s better than it was, but I want more.
I want freedom.
Emotions are my yoke. I walk through my life, secure in the knowledge of God’s great love for me, Christ’s unmitigated sacrifice for me, and the Holy Spirit’s counsel and care for me. However, I so often look around me at the world and pick up my yoke of emotions, heaving it on to my back, and then I let it push me until my face is in the dirt. Why?
It’s painful and it’s unnecessary.
But there’s good news for me, and for you:
We’re invited to stop chasing freedom.
Galatians 5:1 blasted through my life when I was a new mom, a new pastor’s wife, in a new location, and wanting anything but the life I had:
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)
God values freedom. He values my freedom. He values your freedom. He values it so much that He gave His Son and sent His Spirit. He knows my heart better than anyone and still loves me.
He knows I’ll pick up that yoke.
So, He writes freedom across the pages of my Bible again and again to help me see it as reality. It’s there, He’s there, every time I’ve picked that yoke back up.
I’m no longer chasing and I’m no longer chased by my emotions, the scars of the past, my own brokenness, the expectations of this world, my sadness, my loneliness, people’s rules, my idols…all of it. I’m throwing off that yoke, every day.
This is God’s work in me.
This is freedom, in His Word and with His people.
Will you join me? Will you join us?
Let’s stop chasing freedom together. Let’s stand in the proclamation of all He’s done for us. Let’s stand in freedom won for us.
Chasing Freedom: A Study of Galatians is a 6-Week online Bible study, right here at ilovemyshepherd.com.
It can be done on your own. It can be done in a group. It can be done on the go. You can join in one day a week, or read a study post five days a week, or anything in between. You’ll never be behind, just join in when you can, read old posts if you’d like, share with friends online easily if a post speaks to you.
Here’s how it works:
Chasing Freedom is a 6 week study starting September 18 thru October 27th.
There are 4 posts a week, Monday- Thursday.
Find all the Chasing Freedom video studies on the I Love My Shepherd YouTube channel.
Look for some Chasing Freedom extras to be revealed soon too, free downloadables and visual faith tools, as well as Young Adult and podcast extras.
Invite one friend or many friends to join you by sharing. The Word is so much more full when studying and finding insights together.
Embracing Freedom, around the Word, together.