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.
For freedom, not freedom from. Do you find that as interesting as I do? I've been thinking about different aspects of my life by which I feel encumbered. Actually, I've only just started recognizing the feeling as encumbered. Areas of life that I want to be relieved of, delivered from.
When I started thinking about it, I wondered, what exactly is on that list? What do I feel trapped by?
My job. My weight. My finances. My body. My bad habits. My emotions.
The list grew pretty quickly. There are quite a few things about which that my spirit cries, "God, get me outta this!"
Even in consideration of spiritual truths, we filter so much through carnal understanding. I thought and meditated and thought some more and realized, I am already free. There. Isn't that a breakthrough?
Just keep reminding yourself, I am free. It is for the sake of being, or at least becoming, something far better than I am now, that Christ set me free. Everything that seems to press in on me and wrap chains around my life only takes hold because I forget.
I am free of the burden of it all. The burden is condemnation, frustration, weariness, anxiety, anger, impatience. All of those nasty experiences belong to the person who has no future. I have a future. Even the things that will follow me to heaven will follow me no further. It's all just for a moment.
For freedom, I was set free. For the fences ripped away and open pastures unfolding eternally before me.
I am free in the midst of the fences.
I am not burdened.