We are all wild at heart. Wild in the sense of us wanting to be free to do whatever we want to do without a care in the world. A longing for that true sense of freedom bubbles up on the surface of our hearts. Have you ever just had those moments where you just think to yourself if only I could just not care about the consequences that may arise with me just letting completely loose? I know I have. If I am being completely honest, sometimes I feel constrained by the “rules” that I should be following as a child of God. My heart wants to do something or many things that would definitely not glorify His kingdom.
There were times before I was a Christian where I would think that I would have to sacrifice “my freedom” in order to surrender and give my life to Christ. There were too many rules I would have to follow and I would not be able to live a life that would fulfill my desires.
There were several years in my life where I gave into making Courtney happy in every moment. What I wanted right then and there is what I would do. Temporary satisfactions were fulfilled no matter the price. You could say my days of drugs and alcohol would label me a wild child. I was free to do what I wanted, when I wanted and I was soaring like an eagle, or was I?
I look back to figure out why my heart finally drifted towards Christ and it comes to one answer. Giving into what I thought was fulfilling my wants and needs was really driving me to be enslaved within the prison walls of this world. We are not meant to just live this life, but eternal life. The void that I was trying to fill was really the need for a relationship with Christ that would give me this eternal life.
Satan wants us to continue on a path that serves only ourselves. We may think we have everything we want, but let’s be honest if we do not have Christ there will always be something missing. Our perception of having to tame ourselves to follow Christ is one of Satan’s lies. God made us wild at heart, we just have to redirect it towards Him and His kingdom.
Throughout the next four weeks we will be talking about how we can become untamed for God and live with the wild freedom that God intends for our lives. If we block out Satan’s lies then we won’t feel like it is a burden to follow Christ and His rules, but we will be able to look at following Christ as the answer to our freedom.
Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you—although if you can gain your freedom, do so. - 1 Corinthians 7:21
[ The Believer’s Freedom ] “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. - 1 Corinthians 10:23
[ Life by the Spirit ] You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. - Galatians 5:23
Courtney Kacer (Smith)