“Christmas is for freedom. Freedom from the fear of death. Jesus took our nature in Bethlehem, to die our death in Jerusalem, that we might be fearless in our city. Yes, fearless. Because if the biggest threat to my joy is gone, then why should I fret over the little ones? How can you say (really!), “Well, I’m not afraid to die but I’m afraid to lose my job”? No. No. Think!
If death (I said, death!—no pulse, cold, gone!)—if death is no longer a fear, we’re free, really free. Free to take any risk under the sun for Christ and for love. No more bondage to anxiety.
If the Son has set you free, you shall be free, indeed!”
Last night we went to a Christmas party and got to see Santa, eat way too many Christmas sweets, talk with friends about life and faith, and play some music and sing Christmas carols. It was a truly great night with friends! I’m feeling a little heftier than I was yesterday morning. ????I have food guilt.
As I read this John Piper devotional, I’m sitting here listening to the boys as they begin to wake up. I’m thinking on my faith. I’m feeling blessed. I’m experiencing a slight anxiety over what I think needs to be done this week. But as I sit here, I desire to remember that feeling of walking in each moment as I give it to God. I am remembering that feeling of losing my anxiety, losing my fear, shedding my “control” and relinquishing it to Him, to be excited about what He has in store for me in the next few minutes. I remember that feeling of knowing that no matter what comes around the corner, I am giving myself to my savior, and thus, He is going to work things out for my good. As I walk in each moment thinking on Him, being filled up with joy, I know that He is working on something amazing that I could never have imagined for me and my family. I’m also aware that each difficulty is something I can overcome with Him at my side. I am unafraid of the challenges and am learning to give my fears to Him in each moment. This feeling of joy has overtaken me and I want more of it. I remember this feeling and it is so attractive and so desirable that I begin to seek it continuously. It overwhelms my soul and propels me into a state of mind that is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. Have you heard of the joy of the Lord? It’s here. It’s available and it is amazing!
Like it says above, if the Son has set you free, you shall be free indeed. Go out there and get you some of this day!
If a man in chains has the strength to sing joy, don’t you think you can muster a little faith in your daily moments of fear and anxiety? I do. I believe you can give yourself to Him who loves you. And I believe that this WILL set you free, indeed.
Holy cow and hallelujah!!!