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The Freedom

June 30, 2014

“This is what Jesus offers – an opportunity to set myself free by understanding who I am in the context of who God is and what God wants for me.”[1]

Self-identity issues are never-ending in our society. Many are trying to model themselves after the latest superstar or model. So what the star approves youth are following along. But that is not what we are called to. We are called to something so much greater. We are called to be followers of Jesus.

We can see who God is through the life of His Son, Jesus the Messiah. Jesus is love and He provided us hope. He is our rescuer. He was the master teacher and perfect justice. He was the author of The Law. So, who are we in him? We are messengers of the good news that Jesus was raised from the dead and lives in us. This is the simplistic, I know, but this is the root of it.

Does every choice you make revolve around the question, “Is this going to honor God?” If the answer is “yes,” that tells you that is a choice which is an option for you. If the answer is “no” then we should consider that choice as invalid for us. We are to reflect His hope, His justice, His love, His grace, and His mercy. Our choices should be reflecting this. Choices that embrace hate, oppression, mercilessness, and judgment are not reflections of Jesus and should be stricken from our behavior.

What are you going to reflect today? What is your understanding of yourself?

[1] Jonathan Merritt. Jesus is Better than You Imagined. (New York, NY: Faith Words, 2014). 92

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