Free to Be Me

August 17, 2022

“But because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors, he brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”

Deuteronomy 7:8

Grace in The Grandfathering

Have you ever been grandfathered into something, meaning that you’ve received the benefits of something before your time that you took no part in? Maybe the rate on your phone plan has been around for quite a while. Or perhaps it’s the price of rent from long ago that’s been promised to stay at a specific cost to you. When we know we’re grandfathered into something, it’s frees us up from our worry. We’re more free to be ourselves, finding a little more life in these simple advantages.

In some ways, we are able to receive certain advantages as a result of the ways things were done before. Often, it’s because of a family connection. When it comes to the gospel, it’s not because of the family we were born into but rather because of the God who has stayed the same since the beginning of time. Because of Jesus, we’re brought into an eternal, unchanging family inheritance.

The Lineage of His Love

God’s faithfulness and His unchanging love are the basis of our benefits. Because of who He is, our liberty and identity are secured forever by faith. We’re now free to be ourselves—those whom He’s created us to be—because of His constant character and nature. Upon this truth, the people of Israel were freed from the bondage of slavery; and on this truth still today, those found in Christ receive their faith.

Moses reminds God’s people of this truth here in Deuteronomy 7:8. He proclaims, “But because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors, he brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from the place of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” His own promise to never forsake us is where we find our safety. It’s not because of the promises we make to Him or the ways we have sought to barter for His favor.

From His Provision Alone

Did we catch that? It’s because of His love and His promises that He made way, even before our time here on the earth. In this alone, we receive our liberty and redemption. This is how we move forward: because He delivers us—His children—on the sole basis of His love and inability to go back on His Word. Like Hagar declared back in Genesis 16:13, He is the God who sees us and our needs. It’s not because we do great things but because He alone is great.

In our greatest struggles and relapses, He hears His people’s cries—those from long ago and even our pleas of desperation today. Come, as God’s people always do, find your freedom, rest, and provision in Him. May your solace be found in the knowledge that who He is now, He has always been and always will be. Remember: I’m free to be me because He’s faithfully Himself. Come find His promises and your needs fulfilled in Jesus Christ alone.

Now What?

Have you ever really thought about your “family connection” in Jesus? How does the legacy of His faithfulness lead to your liberty today? How does your faith free you from the fears and anxieties of both the past and of the future? Take a moment to really revel in the identity you’ve found in Christ and how that changes your entire trajectory from here until kingdom come.

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