No Longer a Slave
The beautiful writer and inspiring speaker Jennie Allen is well know for asking this question in her book Restless: “What if the things you love to do collided with the things God has laid out for you from before the foundations of the earth?”
Finding what you want to do is a part of the process. My parents have always been supportive of my dreams and supportive with any endeavor I wished to go on. But there was one rule spoken over our lives as we grew.
Decide who you want to be before you decide what you want to do.
Where were you when you decided that you no longer wanted to continue in the direction that your flesh was leading you? I can tell you of one moment in particular that I will forever remember. I laid awake in bed, and all I wanted was to find a sense of purpose. It was Winter 2013. I walked through different and difficult seasons in my college schooling each semester from freshman to junior year.
It’s tiring and unfortunately, a dreadful experience almost every student goes through at least once during their college career. But that last transition for me was so different than the rest.
There was a mind-shift. I felt anchored in the Lord’s plan and I knew that whatever happened, it was happening with purpose. I wanted to find my place in education, wherever that may be… succeed in it, and enjoy it along the way. Just graduating was my end goal.
Considering the fact that I actually do love writing, and I wanted to get better at it… I signed up for three classes in the track to choosing writing as my major. Completely handing that semester over to the Lord, you know?
I rediscovered my passion for writing that was lost.
God works for our favor when we give it all to him. It takes a lot of trust, and it’s hard. But walking into the unknown completely in faith can come with the greatest rewards.
So what wisdom do I have to share with you, a 20-something struggling to find their college calling? Hustling to find purpose? Striving to complete goals and fulfill dreams?
Christ has already conquered these things.
One of my favorite song lyrics: “I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.” — Bethel
Because of our inheritance in Christ, we are no longer slaves to fear, comparison, past, and the stress of labor. Because of our inheritance in Christ, we receive purpose, grace, hope, and forgiveness.
“Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not see it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18–19)
I love to set goals. I set goals at the beginning of each new year and at the start of every new season.
I had three personal goals at the start of 2015, and as of October all goals are well on their way to completion. Graduating college is one of them!
I can’t take credit though. I’m learning that these successes happened out of surrendered obedience.
I learned my lesson during the Winter of 2013. God doesn’t like it when we try to control his plan. In the past, I’ve been a slave to my goals. I believed that my will, power, and hustle would bring a list of desires to competition. Those thoughts are called feeding the flesh and that’s when the enemy comes in and distorts us. Because I was feeding my flesh with thoughts of fear and doubt, I felt unpurposed, unqualified, and unsuccessful.
“Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” (Romans 8:5)
The minute I surrender my goals for 2015 to Him and didn’t try to accomplish them on my own time, was the moment I was no longer a slave and the Lord began to craft God given opportunities.
You are a son/daughter in Christ. You gain all the privileges. But to receive the opportunities you must feed your spirit more than your flesh.
What are you feeding? Spirit or flesh?
Write your own declaration.
I’m no longer a slave to _______