Freedom From the Weight of the World


For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. - 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

Have you ever felt like you are simply “going through the motions?” Lately I have been weighed down by this feeling. You know those days, weeks, or maybe even months when you find yourself feeling like you are living a mundane life - or even bearing the burden of feeling almost forgotten by God. You feel as if you are living in the ordinary when you so strongly desire to live extraordinarily. The pressures of your daily life overpower the freedom God calls you to be worthy of. Let me just assure you, you are not in this alone.

Recently I moved to a new area. I have always lived by myself post-college, living a very independent life. It is a good mix of incredibly difficult yet exhilarating doing life on your own. Maybe you are in a season of checking the occupation box of “student,” maybe you are too are living post-grad life, starting a family; whatever it may be we all experience this weight of being overwhelmed and overworked, yet underappreciated and bound in stress. I have found that in order to genuinely and fully live in the freedom God calls us to, we must be intentional about accepting this gift. We have to let go of the weight of this world and replace it with the worth we have in Christ.

Here are a few things that have helped me to walk in that freedom daily.

Be open to it. Change your mindset. Walk confidently in that.

I had a conversation with one of my best friends about this exact topic the other day. We were chatting about how when we are having a particularly stressful day, it feels impossible to not let the devil continue to bring us down. My immediate response was to combat that with the power of God. Even if you aren’t fully convinced that there is a positive outlook in that moment, it takes training ourselves to rethink and change our mindset. Meaning it will take time but the light will always win over the darkness. It’s all about perspective.

Write it down. Talk it out. Pray over it.

If you haven’t yet, start a journal. Pen to paper or keyboard to document, put your thoughts down into words. And similarly, talk to God about your hardships, hopes and ask Him to guide you to accepting your freedom from the burdens.

Accept that there will be “off” days but promise yourself not to stay there.

I have a tattoo that says live free. It is my daily reminder of how my dad lived his life so freely and that I too can choose that lifestyle. God certainly does not want us to live in the ordinary. In fact, each and every one of us are called to live an extraordinary life that glorifies Him. Just as the verse above says “...we exhorted each one of you…” God strongly urges us to walk in that freedom. To be vulnerable in our highest of highs and lowest of lows is not easy but it’s where we meet God. Where we show others the freedom found in Christ alone. I strongly encourage you to be honest with yourself if you are having a hard time walking in freedom and feeling stuck in a rut. Accepting it brings you to the possibility of overcoming it and being intentional about the promise to not stay in that mindset.

My prayer is that you find and embrace the holy calling you are so graciously given as a Christ follower.

Reflection

1. What are some intentional ways to maintain your daily walk in freedom?

2. Write down what is limiting your opportunity to live freely. Alongside those, write down in bold print, underline, highlight whatever you choose, a lesson of freedom out of that.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You Lord for this opportunity to walk in freedom. I am so grateful to know that at the end of the day, no matter what ups and downs I experience, I can always end my day knowing that I serve a powerful God who loves me more than words can express. So much so that You call me to let go of the burdens, stress, and unworthiness. You love me enough to tell me over and over again to take up Your cross and walk with You daily as a freed soul. I pray that You bless the beautiful person reading this and use these words to glorify You. It’s in Your name I pray, Amen.

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