I bet I'm not the only one who feels like a slave to a lot of different things. For me, it's other people's opinions of me, it's my past with a broken family, it's worrying about future things and if I'll make it in life. These are worries that constantly haunt me even though I probably don't show it. I feel chained down to them, like no matter what I do, they'll always be there in the back of my mind. Honestly, I will probably always think of those things. I'm sure they will never completely go away. But I used to let them be my identity. I used to think that I was the sum total of what other people thought of me and that I was the product of the family I grew up in. I used to think that is all I was and all I would ever be.
Thankfully, I've come to learn that all of my chains were broken by Jesus. Because he rose, my identity is found in him. No longer is my identity chained down to all of my worries and self-doubts. But I am found in him.
I've found that there is freedom in Christ. Freedom from your past, present, and future.
I bet I'm not the only one who let my identity be chained down to things other than Christ. But I bet Jesus could break your chains too, just like he broke mine, if you let him.
What are some things that you feel chained down to? Have you found freedom in Jesus yet or are you still bound by whatever it is holding you down? I'd love to hear your answers in the comments! Your story will be encouraging to me and to other people who read this.