Jesus came to set us free from sin, yet we are still sinners. What does this mean for us? Do we sit complacently and wait for our final redemption, or do we work with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis to avoid occasions of sin?
What does it mean to be free in Christ? For me, the answer lies in working with the Holy Spirit to avoid sin. It means getting up every day realizing that I am not bound by the me that screwed up yesterday. I am new, fresh, and ready to keep trying to go deeper in my walk with God; my walk towards being a more holy person.
I know that I cannot attain perfection while I walk in this world, but I know I can be better. I know God can do great things through me if I but keep walking, trying, and surrendering. It is easy to get frustrated when it feels like I fail time and time again, but that is where hope and faith come in. It is only in trusting in God that my efforts have value; that I can get up each day and try anew. Hope in God. I will praise him still. My savior and my God!
Spend some time today reflecting on your freedom in Christ. Praise him for giving you this gift, and ask him to help you grow in fidelity to his will. Ask him to show you the joy that goes with surrendering, and to give you the grace to do so.