What does living free look like to you? Can you imagine a life free of worry?
The problem with worry is that it makes sense. It is practical. We know from experience the dangers of this world, and it feels very natural to be more than concerned by what could happen to our loved ones, to us.
Without Jesus, our worry is our reality. Without Jesus, our hope rests on our problem-solving abilities.
We perform well, we gain confidence. We fail, we worry.
Things go our way, we become energized and purposeful.
Spill the milk, miss the deadline, or lose our composure, and an anxious twist in our stomachs chokes the peace right out of our contented bellies.
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Worry steals our joy and poisons the fruit we offer to others.
God loves us too much to leave us bound to daunting circumstances or wavering performances, so He offers Himself, His provision and peace.
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.
Don’t you want the kind of freedom Christ died for?
The kind that does not depend on you? The kind that you can experience even if your circumstances stubbornly remain unchanged?
Living free of worry is a gift we must choose to receive and then fight to protect. Stand firm and get rid of anything competing with God’s word.
Your fruit will be an expression of your freedom.
I linked up with Suzie Eller for #livefree Thursday! http://tsuzanneeller.com/2015/03/19/why-worry/