“When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.” – Paulo Coelho
Today’s Scripture Sunday is based on Matthew 6:25-31.
The gospel liberates us to be okay with not being okay. At times, we know we’re not okay—though we try very hard to convince ourselves and other people that we’re basically fine. But the gospel tells us, “Relax, it is finished. The pressure is off.”
Because of the gospel, we have nothing to prove or protect. We can stop pretending. We can take off our masks and be real! The gospel frees us from trying to impress people, appease people, or prove ourselves to people. The gospel frees us from the burden of trying to control what other people think about us. It frees us from the miserable, unquenchable pursuit to make something of ourselves by using others.
The gospel grants us the strength to admit we’re weak, needy and restless—knowing that Christ’s finished work has proven to be all the strength and fulfilment and peace we could ever want, and more. Since Jesus is our strength, our weaknesses don’t threaten our sense of worth and value. Now we’re free to admit our wrongs and weaknesses without feeling as if our flesh is being ripped off our bones.
The gospel frees us from the urge to self-gain, to push ourselves forward for our own purposes and agenda and self-esteem. When you understand that your significance, security, and identity are all anchored in Christ, you don’t have to win—you’re free to lose. And nothing in this broken world can beat a person who isn’t afraid to lose! You’ll be free to say or do crazy, risky, counterintuitive stuff like quitting a high paying job to follow your dreams!
Real, pure, unadulterated freedom happens when the resources of the gospel smash any sense of need to secure for myself anything beyond what Christ has already secured for me.
Would love to hear in the comments section, your thoughts on why it’s hard for people to quit a ‘secure’ life.
Next Sunday: Don’t Let People Control You
Happy Scripture Sunday. X