It’s funny to me how when God is stirring something in us, He often uses more than one avenue to get to us. At least that is how it is for me… perhaps it is because I am so thick-headed and He needs to make it more obvious to me!! Anyway, in my daily reading today I came across 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 “But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” And then this week in our small group, we were talking about embracing our own weaknesses, knowing that God can and does and will use them (look at Gideon). To me, these seemed to vibrate off of each other.
IF I am truly trusting Him in ALL THINGS – then I even have to be OK with the parts of me that I don’t fully embrace. I am free to be me. I am free to be me because He is bigger and better and more perfect than I could ever strive to be. He is powerful and all-knowing. I don’t have to hide in my failings, my bad attitudes, my intolerance. Because He is at work and because He is going to use even those things – the muck and mire – to work in me to bring glory to Him. And while I have to deal with the fact that I am so small and so flawed next to His majesty, there is a peace that floods me. Because of His sacrificial love, I am set free.
I am not slave to the sins that can so easily entangle me. I do not have to strive in my own humanity. I do not have to rely on my own limited perspective. I can rest fully that as long as I am actively and purposefully in pursuit of Him, He will continue to set me free. The price has been paid, the debt canceled. If I struggle to feel free, do I dare admit that it is because I am choosing to allow myself to be tripped up? 2 Corinthians above tells me that once I turned to the Lord (which I have) that they veil is taken away. And that means freedom is available to me. I get to see, and even better, REFLECT the glory of God.
So I will try to choose, each day and probably many times each day, to walk in freedom because in that place is where I have any hope of being made MORE AND MORE LIKE HIM AS I AM CHANGED INTO HIS GLORIOUS IMAGE. And that is not just talking about the other side of eternity. It means that is available to me now. Oh Lord, continue to purify me, help me to walk free from sin, with my eyes on you, that I might glorify you and eventually be a little bit closer to looking like you. For when you set us free, we are free indeed.