What Does Freedom in Christ Look Like?
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
What does being free in Christ Jesus really mean? We hear it in sermons everyday as lively pastors will yell and shout to “live in the freedom of Christ!” It has become one of those Christian phrases we love to use but don’t always love to mull over. So, what does it really mean? What exactly do we Christians gain freedom from?
For many of us, we believe we are simply free from the consequences of sin. We believe we can continue living our lives according to the flesh—in dedication to self, pursing worldly pleasure and glory—and yet because of Christ, we believe we will be saved from the guilt, shame, and condemnation that comes from this type of life. We essentially believe we are free to sin while escaping the repercussions of sin.
However, this is not what Romans 8 teaches us. Rather, it teaches us that we are free from sin itself—free from pursuing the flesh, free from the inability to want or desire holiness, free from the inability to please God. Friends, what Christ has given us is not some cheap, get-out-of-jail free card. He has given us something far sweeter. He has given us the freedom to walk away from sin and pursue righteousness instead. He has given us the freedom to please God and walk by His Spirit.
This is the freedom we are called to bask in, the freedom we are promised in Christ.
Lord, teach me what it means to live in this freedom of Christ. Help me to lay down my flesh and my sin each day and pick up Your Spirit and righteousness instead. Help me to live each moment in the freedom You have given me to please You and pursue You.
Are you living out your freedom in Christ? Have you turned from a life dedicated to sin and chosen a life of godliness instead? What does freedom in Christ truly mean to you?
Nicole Mason is a born and raised Texas girl with a passionate heart for all things Christ, truth, and coffee. She is newly married and graduated, currently thriving in what it means to abandon all plans in pursuit of God’s will. She received a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, only to be called to seminary her senior year for a masters in ministry studies. She hopes to use her degree as well as her personal devotion to the Gospel to draw women out of self and into truth, so they may know the joys and pleasures that come from laying down our flesh and pursuing God’s glory whole-heartedly.