I choose freedom.
What would you do if you believed you could not fail? What cliff are you standing on that you refuse to jump from because you don’t know how it will all turn out and you want a guarantee before you even begin?
You will never get a guarantee.
What you have instead (and it’s a much better thing) is God. God knit you together in your mother’s womb. God designed you for His purposes. He formed you for a great work in His plan… not yours. Surrendering to that plan is where freedom lies.
I used to think that to find freedom, I needed to set a goal and work toward it. That is not freedom. That is chains. In fact, in setting our own goals, we think far too small. Do you really think Paul’s Master Life Plan had “preaching to the Gentiles (remember, he hated the Christians, imagine what he thought about the Gentiles), spreading God’s Word to the whole world, and writing most of the New Testament” listed as the Top Three Goals? Of course he could never have set these goals—he hated the Gentiles more than the Christians, the “world” was too big, and there was no such thing as the New Testament!
Remember, the Bible is not a book of exceptions. It’s a book of examples. Paul is not an exception. He’s an example of what God can accomplish through a life surrendered to Him. See, God’s plans for you are bigger than you can even imagine. You cannot set these kinds of goals for yourself. You cannot even fathom what He has in store. No, the truth is that chains and limitations are found in setting your own goals.
Freedom is found in the phrase “I will take this step in faith, the one God has set before me, and believe that He knows where we are going.” God will take you where He wants you to go if you let Him. God will perform mighty works through your life to the extent that you are willing to take this step whether it makes sense or not. Paul’s life did not make sense in the moment, but he took this step and left the rest to God. He went where God told him to go at that moment, and he didn’t rely on his own strength, understanding, or knowledge. He was totally surrendered to God—good times, bad times, no matter what.
This is the antithesis of the world’s answer. The world says: You need to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there; grab for whatever power and glory and fame you can. Do it your way. Be independent. Be strong. Be motivated.
But true freedom is not found there. True freedom is found here:
Oh, Lord, if You don’t show up, there’s no way this is going to work. I need You, Lord. Help. I can’t do this on my own. This is too much and too hard. Please Lord, I fall at Your feet. Help me. Do this through me. I surrender to what You want. I will do what You tell me to do whether it makes sense or not. Help me to take this step, Lord. Send Your grace and Your hope and Your answer in a mighty way because on my own Lord, I’m sunk. I need You. Amen.
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Copyright Staci Stallings, 2008