I was watching my youngest, Benjamin, tonight act as silly as can be. He is full of himself. At 1 1/2, he has one of the most colorful personalities I know – bright and bubbly if he’s excited and happy, red and angry if he’s upset. But he is definitely colorful. He feels most things in extremes. Anyways, I was sitting here thinking as he was walking around with a clear bucket on his head, dancing like a goof, that he has such freedom to express himself. He doesn’t care about really anything. He can do it.
We all start out that way. As children, I see it all the time working with kids, we have such a sense of freedom in how we act. Nothing holds us back. At what point do we lose that freedom to be “us”? In Christ, we should have all thr freedoms in the world — freedom from the bondage of sin being #1. We can live a new life, without having shackles tied to our ankles weighing us down. We should have freedom to dance and sing passionately in worship, not caring what others think. We should have freedom to dream and to dream BIG. God is a BIG God and can do anything through us. Look at Moses, Jeremiah, Noah, David, etc. for examples of that.
But at what point do we get away from believing we have freedoms? When do we start just conforming to the mundane world we make for ourselves? When do we become complacent and settle for less than living for our freedoms?
We need to step back, watch a young child for a bit. Shake the burdens of life off your shoulders and live in complete and total freedom. That is what a life in Christ gives us.