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What We Do With Freedom

Time To Step Out Into Our Freedom
If ever a world holiday represented freedom, Easter does.

What have we done with this exquisite freedom?

This is the question on my heart.

Such an epic transfer of freedom made possible in the course of one day centuries ago on a hillside.

One life for millions. And then millions upon millions to come. A holy transaction in the form of a sacrifice. A daunting price paid in full. Him, for us. The perfect for the flaw-filled. The holy for the captive. The sinless for the sin-filled prisoner.

It IS the greatest gift we’ve ever been given since Eden.

Freedom.

The sound of freedom that day on the hill rang with every hammer on nail. He gasped freedom with every anguished breath. Every sob and prayer sounded like freedom. Every drop of blood was the colour of freedom. 

His last breath was our first as free children.

I love how powerful the transaction for freedom sounds in author Max Lucado’s words from his classic book, “Six Hours One Friday“.
He says, “But just when the last breath escapes, the war begins. The pit of the earth rumbles…”

“It is an earthquake, a rock-splitting rumble.
A stampede-like vibration, as if prison doors have been opened, and the captives are thundering to freedom.”

The sound of freedom.

Sometimes I forget that sound.

Sometimes I forget His costly act of Love.

Sometimes I would rather flirt with the very thing I was bought from.

Sometimes I tromp on the very freedom that saved me from myself.

And I think, what’s wrong with me, that I can’t live in all the freedom He’s given me? A heavy question, and my heart can tend to weigh down with it.

A few sentences down on the same page, I find this next paragraph of Lucado’s and it’s like he’s reading my mind.

“Six hours one Friday. Let me ask you a question: What do you do with that day in history? If it really happened… if God did commandeer His own crucifixion… if He did turn His back on His own son… if He did storm Satan’s gate, then those six hours that Friday, were packed with tragic triumph. If that was God on that cross, then the hill called Skull is a granite with stakes to which you can anchor.”

So my heart asks itself:

What will we do with this freedom?

What will we do with this tragic triumph?

What will we do with the holy anchor of a hillside?

Sometimes we get comfortable with our own prisons. Even though we’ve been granted eternal freedom.

Sometimes we get comfortable with our own prisons. Even though we've been granted eternal freedom. Click To Tweet

We become so familiar with our own woes, worries, poor habits, and defeatist attitudes. We feel okay wallowing in our pits of destruction, and bad choices and wobbly reputations.

I do it almost without thinking.

Daily.

And I don’t like it. But sometimes embracing our real freedom is harder than we think. And we allow life to make it more complicated than it needs to be. We think it comes from routines, and good deeds, and forgetting dreams, and stripping away joy.

When what we should do with our freedom, is live in it.

Deep down, we long to be free from all life’s pits, all our poor decisions, all our running headlong in the opposite direction from victory.

So where do we start?

How do we get back to the freedom He provided?

What does it look like?

Flip a head a chapter or so.

To a tomb. To the grave. Where death is supposed to imprison.

What we do next… is imitate the One who stepped forth first.

Freedom feels like that first holy breath from the Father into an empty body. Freedom is that first twitch of His hand while bandages fall away. Freedom pulses with His first heart beat restarted, and with blood pumping into every vessel with a holy expanding.

Freedom sounds like the crunch of stone being ripped apart, and the earth heaving, and of Roman soldiers passing out.

Freedom bursts out of caves of total darkness and breaks seals meant to keep us contained, the way they meant to keep Him contained!

What do we do with our freedom?

We step out into it.

We follow the steps of the One who stepped forth from his earthy prison. We step into the steps of living victory. We give Him the keys to all our cages we’ve created or others have tried to place us in, and we step forth into freedom anchored in Him.

No chains can hold us when He does. Click To Tweet

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm,then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Gal.5:1

“And, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.” Romans 6:18

There might be depression in your life. But it doesn’t have to own you.

There might be trials. But they don’t have to run you.

There might be ugliness, illness, violence, and desperation.

But they do not have to have a hold on you.

You walk with Him.

You walk with Freedom.

What We Do With Our Freedom...

And when He sets us free, indeed, nothing is capable of touching that.

Of touching us.

Don’t fall for the lie that these things are capable of taking you down today, beloved.

Because in order to get to you, they have to go through Him.

And He answers in resurrection power that couldn’t be contained then, and cannot be contained now.

Not ever.

Freedom.

We will celebrate it for three whole days around the world.

But what we do with freedom when Easter is done is the real question.

I pray we live in it with every breath.

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20 Comments

  1. Today I woke up with ‘I run in the way of Your commands, for You have set my heart free. My soul no longer cleaves to the dust for I run and pursue my God and set my heart to seek His word first, before anything” He has set me free, He sets me free as I pursue Him and He sets me free as I obey His word! I am set free to love Him more and more.’ Your words here today are so precious Christine, thank you.

    • Christine Duncan

      March 31, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      I love those words, Jeannie!!! What a declaration! Thanks for posting them here, it’s the perfect response to His freedom for us! The work He did for us allows us to pursue Him completely, with nothing to hold us back, unlike in the days before His arrival… it’s a beautiful thing.
      Love your heart, lady! Have an amazing day, staying encouraged 🙂

  2. Wow such powerful words – I love that when he sets us free nothing can touch that, nothing can touch us. What a revelation that is to hungry hearts. I love your passion and wisdom 🙂

    • Christine Duncan

      March 31, 2015 at 4:59 PM

      Hey, Tania, so glad you visited today! Thanks for your great comment… He really can bring a freedom that surpasses our best definitions 🙂

  3. Free indeed! I’m touting those words today. No more discouragement. No more fear. No more chains. Simply freedom.
    Loved this —>”We give Him the keys to all our cages we’ve created or others have tried to place us in, and we step forth into freedom anchored in Him.”
    Amen! Happy Easter. 🙂

    • Christine Duncan

      March 31, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      Happy Easter, Kristi, to you and your family. I’m trying to keep His sacrifice with me all week, one week at a time… and in turn, really live in His freedom. So wonderful to have so many others doing the same along side each other! Celebrating him!

  4. What a huge price did He pay for my freedom, and how badly I mistreat the gift so many times! How easy it is to fall back to the chains and call them freedom. And how hard to have the courage to be truly free, to open my eyes and see what He has done. To see the world for what it really is and to be openly different from the norm.
    May we all have the courage to be free, Christine!

    • Christine Duncan

      March 31, 2015 at 4:35 PM

      Amen, Joanna! How much our lives change when we bravely live in our freedom. And sometimes at great cost… but His is faithful to give meaning to our faith and our freedom. So glad to have your encouragement, today, friend. Much love!

  5. Very powerful and LIFE-giving post, Christine! “I pray we live in it with every breath.” <— Yes, exactly! I told one of our fellow writers that I was praying for this very thing earlier today. I love your heart for writing this. Thank you so much for sharing! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂

    #RaRaLinkup 😉

    • Christine Duncan

      March 31, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      Aw, thanks Tai! It’s so lovely to hear from you. I pray many others will rest and live in the same freedom too. No strings attached, no empty promises. Just full freedom in Him.
      Hope you have a wonderful night, and blessings my friend!

  6. “Sometimes we get comfortable with our own prisons … almost without thinking.” So true. I’m thankful for this week of remembrance … Christ’s agonizing sacrifice … Costly, indeed. And because of Sunday–I can walk in the freedom He bought for me. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

    • Christine Duncan

      March 31, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      Sunday… what a victory we have because of Sunday! I’m so blessed to have visited across blogs today, Dianne. Grateful for so many sisters in the Lord all leaning into Him for every need and sharing it each week… I pray you have an amazing holy week, and heaps of blessings besides.

  7. Powerful post! Thank you for sharing this Christine! I loved this: “A holy transaction in the form of a sacrifice. A daunting price paid in full. Him, for us.”… and also the question, What will we do with freedom? You are a wonderful writer, and I appreciate you sharing this encouragement with us today at #RaRaLinkup!

    • Christine Duncan

      March 31, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      I’m so grateful for the #RaRa community, Angela, and super thankful for your warm words too 🙂 I stand in awe when I think daily of His life given for ours… makes me think just now of the song that says, “amazing love, how can it be, that you my King would die for me…” It was so good to read your post today, love having connected with you. Happy Easter!

  8. You are right. There is nothing like the Freedom found in Christ.
    Great Post #RaRaLinkup

  9. Powerful, well-crafted, chillbump-inducing message!

    Thank you Christine, for pouring into this. I love it!

  10. Christine, what a beautiful post on Freedom. I love this time of year and you capture Easter so beautifully in your words!

    • Christine Duncan

      April 1, 2015 at 2:05 PM

      Thanks Kim 🙂 The sun is shining today, and it just feels like Easter is finally in the air, but I’m so glad we have this gift year round too… Have a wonderful Easter, girl!

  11. I am thinking two things in response to your post.

    1. Freedom is heavy. We don’t really GET that until it settles onto us. It’s no wonder we choose our chains sometimes, though it’s not awesome that we do.

    2. I keep thinking that the sounds of Christ in suffering are not only the sounds of freedom. They are freedom FOR US. They were the sounds of the bars closing, FOR HIM. The sounds of the one who always knew freedom, feeling what it was to be entrapped for the first and only time. Remembering that this is a transaction and Jesus experienced the raw end of it deepens my own understanding and experience of the sweet end, however heavy this freedom is.

    Beautiful and insightful piece, as always. Thank you, Christine!

    • Christine Duncan

      April 1, 2015 at 2:21 PM

      Thanks Cris! Easter in general can be heavy… until we settle in on His victory! Then, we’re given His easy yoke in return for our heavy ones. That thrills me. 🙂
      Have a blessed Easter, Cris, living victorious in Him!

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