The way to truly be free is to surrender everything to Christ. That can be difficult to do. Sometimes, we may think we’ve surrendered it all, but we really haven’t. Maybe we’re holding on to some worry or trying to control some aspect of our lives ourselves. Only when we turn EVERYTHING over to God and trust Him to take care of all of it can we experience the true freedom that comes from following Jesus Christ.
FEBRUARY 07, 2021 SUNDAY
When Jesus preached in the temple, He said, “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). The people listening that day had a difficult time understanding that He was talking about Himself. But it’s no wonder Jesus’ listeners were confused. He hadn’t yet died on the cross and risen from the grave. Yet here’s the unfortunate truth: Sometimes we’re just as confused, even though we know how the story ends.
It’s easy to forget God’s promise of abundant life in Him—a life liberated by His love—and to continue making choices that enslave us to sin. And at times these choices can have longstanding effects. The good news is that God’s offer of freedom is always available to us, no matter how far we stray. We simply need to stop and turn once again in His direction. Repentance is always the path to greater freedom.
THINK ABOUT IT
• What would turning once again in Jesus’ direction look like right now in your life? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that’s getting in the way of your freedom in Christ. Whatever He shows you, confess it and ask Him to help you walk in repentance.Daily Devotions