With Abandon

We have a Savior who is alive.  Let that sink in for a moment.

We serve a God who left His throne, was born as a baby, and experienced hunger, dirt, and hardship so that we would have someone who relates to what we’re going through.  He died the death we were supposed to die, so we no longer have to dread death.  But then something incredible happened.  He rose from the grave.  That’s not a figure of speech.  His heart stopped beating, the blood in His veins grew cold.  The life drained out of Him.  Dead.  Three days later, His heart began beating, the blood began pumping, and life was returned to His bones.  That is something to celebrate! We have a Savior who lives! But the good news doesn’t stop there.  Through His death and resurrection, we get to experience new life.

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” -Romans 6:4

According to Romans 6, when we get baptized, we die to our old selves.  That person is gone, and in its place is a new creation.  All of our past mistakes are nailed to the cross, never to return.  With that being said, we will still sin.  We will continue to screw up and make bad decisions.  But He doesn’t see you for your mistakes.

Imagine a child knocking over a cup of grape juice on brand new carpet.  The child is probably terrified that their dad is going to be pissed.  To his surprise, his father takes his son’s hand, grabs the cleaning supplies, and together they clean up the mess.  That is how our Father in heaven sees us.  He sees the mess we make, and He gets in there with us.  He says let’s clean this up together.

It’s easy to see the spilled grape juice and feel overwhelmed, shameful, and scared.  When you get stuck in sin, you need to understand how deep His love is and how HE defines you.  He sees you differently than you see yourself.  You are loved.  You are a child of God, and He is pleased with you.

We have living hope because we have a Savior who is alive.  Stagnant dead hope runs dry.  It is short term.  For me personally, the hope that I have in my future husband is short term.  Even the best man in the world would not be able to satisfy me.  But when we put our trust in the new and living hope, we have love, forgiveness, and grace that is new every day, that never runs dry, and is poured out on us more than we can fathom.

We so often make agreements with lies.  “I’ll never get out of this.” “I’m going to struggle with this forever.” “I am not good enough.” “No one could love me.” “I suck at this.”  If you’ve ever thought one of those sentences (and so many more), then you have lied to yourself.  You are not a slave to your sin, your hardships, your weaknesses, how people define you, or your past.  You are free indeed, so step into that freedom.

When Jesus died on the cross, He said, “It is finished,” and He meant it.  All the guilt, all the shame, all the slavery.  It’s finished.  If Christians, the people who put their trust in Jesus and His resurrection, are still walking around as if we are bound to sin, how are other people going to be set free and be able to walk in freedom?

The sooner we understand the freedom that He gives us, the sooner we will be able to live and love with abandon.

Additional Reading // Romans 6; Romans 1:4; 1 Peter 1:3-9; 1 Corinthians 15:12-19
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