Being uprooted from the things of this world and being rooted in the foundations of living water…is painfully humbling, yet so refreshing.
When we try to fit into a mold that we were not made for or seek acceptance in a place you weren’t meant to assimilate, we compromise parts or all of ourselves at the expense of our identities. As a result, we look to anything and everything that can give us that answer other than where we were meant to and we experience rejection, an erosion of self worth, loneliness, and bondage (among other things).
I love this song called, “Holding Nothing Back” by Jesus Culture, but the bridge always gets me. It goes something like:
I’m free to live, free to give, free to be; I’m free to love
I think we can sing these lyrics without really thinking about what they truly mean…or we may feel that we have heard these phrases so much so that we don’t think twice about what else they might really imply or mean.
But lately, “free to give” is catching my attention and being rediscovered from within me. Giving is so against our natural tendencies to self preserve, self serve, and self fulfill. It is an inherently good characteristic of God who loved the world so much that he gave his very best, himself, that we could be with him and become like him.
The only way we are truly free to live without shame, condemnation, competition, or comparison is in Christ. The only only way to be fully you in all that you were meant to be is in Christ. The only way to freely love and consider other’s needs above your own is through his empowerment. The only way we are freely capable of giving is to be firmly rooted in him and all that he stands for…to believe that we are not citizens in this world and do not belong to its principles, rules, and standards of living…but that we can live eternity now by knowing whom we belong to.
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 1 Timothy 6:6-7
I am the second man now.