Now that we’ve talked about what freedom truly is in light of Christ’s sacrifice I’d like to talk a little bit about what our response to that newfound opportunity for freedom can be. (I hope the wheels started turning in this direction last week with the questions I left you with.)
Do you have a habitual sin? Is there something that you find yourself struggling with over and over, constantly wrestling with and needing to approach God to repent for? I think that’s the case for most of us.
God doesn’t want that for you. He wants to give you freedom from all that. Not in an instant, but over the scope of your life. And the more we give God the thing we most dislike to give him – our sins – the more he can give us this kind of freedom in return.
That’s why the Gospels, and Christ himself, spoke so much about repentance. It’s not about making yourself feel bad or saying how awful you are, it’s about cleaning house so that when freedom is offered you have room for it.
But if the house of your heart is anything like my house, you probably don’t just need to clean it once.
You probably need to clean it, like, all the time.
Repentance is continuous throughout our lives. We keep being human and we keep giving in to sin. We don’t get to clean up once and then just let the dust accumulate.
Our best response to Christ’s gift to us - the freedom He wants to give you - is to keep cleaning up, keep making room, keep decluttering our hearts so that freedom can flourish and thrive there instead.
Repentance usually isn’t a summertime talking point in the church, but I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to bring it to mind. Goodness knows we aren’t only sinning in certain seasons of the year! If you days slow down in summer like mine do I hope you take this time to repent and clean house.
We all need it, goodness knows.