A New Song

In church recently, we sang a new song. Maybe you know it?  The chorus goes…

I am free to run
I am free to dance
I am free to live for you
I am free, I am free

Maybe I am slow on the uptake, but it took me 3 or 4 times through this chorus to realize we were not singing about being physically free.  If we had been, the song wouldn’t make sense…  Because there are children of God who are unable to run and dance.  There are people around the world who are believers and are not free in various ways; their lives are not their own.  They may live in a communist country, are imprisoned, or are bound by slavery… They may be in a painful relationship, or be married to an unbeliever.  They may be stuck in a dead end job, or indebted with no relief in sight.

When it finally hit me that we were actually singing about our spirits… I was overcome with emotion.  In Jesus, our spirits/hearts are free!   Free from condemnation and death for sure, but oh so much more!  No matter what our circumstance, no matter what the limitation, we are free.  No one, no thing, no handicap can hold back what God can do in and through our hearts and lives.

Nothing can interfere with the love affair our hearts can have with our Savior! NOTHING!  Unless we let it…  Unless we take our eyes off of Him, and let our focus on an eternal perspective waver with the distractions of life.  He is always there, always ready, always beckoning our hearts to take hold of the limitless love and freedom only found through Jesus.

If we respond to His call, our hearts can run through the endless wonders that the Lord holds in His Word and in the testimony of His church.  Our hearts can dance before Him in praise and celebration.  We are free to move mountains even if our physical bodies are bound in infirmity. We are free to not only do what is expected or demanded of us, we can do more as unto the Lord.

I am ready to run and dance and LIVE in the freedom of Christ Jesus with a whole new perspective!

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Galations 5:1  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.

Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  Amen.

2 comments for “A New Song

  1. January 23, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    How absolutely wonderful to find freedom in Christ. You are so right Jen there are so many NOT free and times I myself have been held captive by the chains I allow to hold me down. But thanks be to Christ He is there forever and always willing to set me loose from the bondage. Thank you for this great aticle and the lifegiving Scripture!

  2. January 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    This song has been a staple at our church for a while now. The children come up to the alter and have movements with the words of the song. Cindi sends them off for a run around the church with the words “you are free in Christ, go be free”. Many times in the song it indicates why we are free and whom we owe that freedom to. “Through you the blind will see, through you the dead will rise”. Our churches main focus is people who are hurting (drug addicts, alcoholics, homeless) and prison ministries. I have heard many say that even in the mist of incarceration they themselves are free in Christ.

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