He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and tore apart their chains.
Do you know the feeling of when you are just unbounded in your spirit? When you are at the right place, right time, and you are on fire with God? It’s like God has just smashed the petal to the floor and all of a sudden it’s like your soul is in a Lambo and God is the driver. You get that rush and it’s like, this is what I was meant to do right now. It’s the Hillsong Young & Feel This Is Living Now feeling.
Many get that feeling during a that certain worship song, or church camp, or serving, or leading a group…it’s such a wonderful feeling. I started serving in our church’s kids ministry a couple months ago. Wow, it takes me from 0 to 60 in 2 seconds flat when I walk into church and see my 4th and 5th grade small group boys and I’m ready to hang out with them and serve them and teach them God’s love. Like I know this is right where God wants me and he’s using me to help mold these kids into the people of God that he is growing them up to be. It’s a rush. I get the same feeling going to lead my small group and leading others deeper into the Word of God. I love it.
God wants us to be alive. But sometimes it’s not that easy.
I can’t overemphasize the difficulties that typically have to be overcome to get us to the right place where we can start giving of ourselves and loving others. It is a very difficult road for some. It requires everything we have to face our own sin and claim victory in Christ, battles being strewn out across the years. It’s tough! Resentment, anger, depression, sadness, feelings of insecurity, hate…woundings. Deep wounding of the heart. But Jesus greatly desires to see restoration in his people. I struggled with loneliness and depression for years, fear of engaging others in relationship, and pride issues. Those barriers, those chains, had to be broken before I could give myself completely to others as Jesus asks of us, to love others as we love ourselves. So often in the wounding we take in our heart through this world and sin, we have a reactionary response, one of self-preservation, to love ourselves more than we love others. We rationalize the fear – I did. And then, we can even take it up a notch, and look down upon those we secretly want to be with calling them hypocritical and not on our level – I did that too. When I was young, I was the typical introvert Christian who thought I knew everything and kinda thought others were just watered down Christians – awful, I know right? I especially looked down on those that I secretly really wanted to be friends with. Ouch. Yeah I know…well a decade later and God has done miracles. I can now truthfully say, I don’t live that life any more. My chains have been broken. He has led me out of the darkness and into the light to share the love he has inside me through the indwelling of his Spirit.
Our Father wants you to live free
The work of restoration of you, of your heart, is a long journey. It requires courage, courage to admit how we really feel, what we really want, and we really want to love others and why we don’t want to do it. But God is an infinite God. And by that I mean he is unbounded. And you are a creation that he has made to bear his image. You are to be unbound as well. There are not to be any chains or barriers in your life to living life as he designed you to live it. It took his own Son dying on a cross for all of our mistakes, all of our sins to be able to make us into the creation he intended us to be. The restoration process is a daily one. We are not all the way complete, but I want you to dream of what you want to do. Of how you feel like you want to love others, how you can serve them, how you can love others as you love yourself. Because that is the second great commandment.
What is it for you? Where do you come alive and feel like you are accelerating past 200 mph and feel on fire with the wind all around you, fully alive in God’s Spirit? Do you love serving? Singing? Kids? Families? Is it going out on the street and setting up a makeshift soup kitchen for the homeless? Is it listening to God’s whisper and seeing that one person he wants you to go love on, a total stranger in a public place, because they need his love badly and don’t know him? What makes you come alive? And what are the hindrances, the chains holding you back?
I hope you all have a wonderful day! And I hope you living today fully alive in Christ. It’s the best life in the world. There is nothing better than being alive in him, being in his embrace and letting him use you for his glorious and wonderful purposes in this world. God bless you my friends 🙂
PS that’s a Hurcan in the post image…my favorite is the Aventador (v12 and all those goodies that come with a Lambo), but a Hurcan will do just fine also.
PSS Just to clarify, no, I could never justify ever getting a Lambo for myself this side of heaven, even if I had the money, which I never ever will. Like maybe if world poverty was eradicated and Jesus himself plopped one down in front of my house for free, ok…but barring that, it’s not happening 😉 Like ever.
PSSS Lambos are still my favorite car 😉