I’ll never forget the day. I was working on the re-launch of a video series. I felt God pushing me toward more creativity in my work, so I was sitting down to write a fictional story to use as an illustration in it.
I was the only one home, so the house was silent. I sat there, computer in my lap, closed my eyes, and began to recite Romans 6:11, I am ‘dead to the flesh, and alive to God in Christ Jesus.’ I was coming to God, from my identity in Christ, to receive help in this work. This is simply my habit. I do this with everything I work on.
I remember putting my fingers on the keyboard and typing, “Once upon a time…”
…there was a prince.
My eyes popped open!
The voice came so loud and clear someone could have been sitting right next to me talking to me.
But I knew it was Jesus in me.
I had never in my life heard Him like that.
I immediately had two thoughts. First, I thought, So I’m supposed to write a story about a prince! The idea had not previously occurred to me.
This thought was immediately followed by, You mean, if I follow you, I don’t get a say in anything? How is this freedom?
I had to get up, walk around, and process what just happened and what it meant.
Long story short, I ended up writing a story about a prince and princess. And the story fit perfectly (imagine that) into the content of the video.
THE LAW OF LIFE
When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, escaping the last of the Egyptians, God called Moses to the top of Mount Sinai and gave him His Law for the people. Why? Because they were a nation.
1 Peter 2:9 tells us that Christians are a nation too. A nation needs a Law. What is our law? The ‘law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus’, the ‘law of liberty’ (Rom 8:2, Js. 1:25). It is not a static list of rules written on stone as at Mt. Sinai. It is the dynamic voice and guidance of Jesus written on human hearts (Heb. 8:10).
Israel was a free nation because they escaped Egyptian slavery. Receiving a law from God did not mean they were still slaves. It meant they had God’s guidance for how to function as a healthy, free nation in the Promised Land.
In the same way, Jesus’ guidance causes us—His global Church—to function as a healthy, free nation from Heaven while living on Earth.
YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND
The Church is not simply a nation, she’s a bride too (Eph.5:25). The relationship between Christ and His Bride is one of holy marital union.
We are wed to the Light of the world. There is no darkness in Him. His kindness is beyond this world. His love is so total that He never leaves us, never forsakes us. His love is not conditional. His faithfulness to us never fails. And He promises us:
…if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. (John 16:23)
This is the sound of love. He literally wishes to grant us every wish we have. Every one.
Remember what we learned about prayer a couple days ago? That it means “wishing toward” in Greek? Every time you “wish toward” Him to resource your work, life, endeavors, challenges, and triumphs, He says yes. He supplies from His limitless resources everything you wish for!
In the moment I heard Jesus speak about the story I was sitting down to write, I had just come to Him for help, for direction, for His resources. And He delivered!
This is freedom!
Divine love is better than you and I can comprehend. Entering into this two-way dynamic relationship where we always listen to each other, answer each other with ‘yes’, always think about each other, always are besotted with each other, is the free-est life we could ever live.
Finally, I want to share with you the meaning of the Biblical Greek word for freedom. It is derived from a word that means literally “to come”.
Our real freedom happens when we come to Him—wishing toward Him—getting everything we ask for.
This Christianity thing is so much more than we could ask or imagine. This life is one of high, exquisite love relationship with the King. The law of His heart is pure and good and everything we need.
So today friend, would you come to Him? Would you seek freedom with Him? Would you seek the love of the Great Lover? He already loves you. Your coming would simply be a “yes” to His longing for you. If you’ll come to Him, He’ll answer your coming with “yes” too. “Yes, I will love you always.” “Yes, I’ll always say ‘yes’ to you.” “Yes, I’ll always resource you well.” “Yes, let’s love each other forever.”
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. Rev. 22:17
…and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. Eph. 3:17-21
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