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March 3, 2020

Finding Freedom

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:25)

At a Bible study I recently attended we were presented with this question: “What was a hurdle that kept you from accepting the Gospel and being saved by Jesus Christ?”

For many people, the hurdle was, and still remains, that the Gospel had simply never been shared with them. The believers in the room where challenged to eliminate this hurdle for as many people as possible in our daily lives. There are many other hurdles that are faced when it comes to accepting Christ. 

I found I was living with one foot in and one foot out for a long time. God was convicting me to fully surrender my life to him, but I wanted to follow Jesus without changing the hard stuff. Ultimately, I felt if I were to follow Jesus like He was calling me to, I would be giving up my freedom. This is such a common hurdle in the world we live in. The hard truth is that we cannot be one foot in and still call ourself a Christian.

Our world preaches that we are free to make our life how we want it. I feel compelled to share with you that choosing to do what we want, when what we want is sinful, is not freedom; it’s a death trap. I was scared to surrender parts of my life to God because I wasn’t convinced what He had in store was better than my plans for myself.

Needless to say when I surrendered those hard parts of my life to Christ, He showed me true FREEDOM. Our hearts may not align with God immediately, but when we let Him in, He shows up with grace, forgiveness, restoration, peace, and an unimaginable joy!

Baseball gives us a unique opportunity to meet new people and get into deep conversations within a short amount of time. I challenge you to eliminate as many hurdles as possible for those you cross paths with this year. The first and most important hurdle we can all eliminate is making sure everyone we meet hears the Good News of Jesus Christ. Romans 10:17 reminds us, “Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.” While living a holy life is a beautiful testament to God’s Kingdom, let’s be bold in speaking the words of life even when it’s uncomfortable.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for revealing your truth to me. Thank you for the access we have to your word and for your Spirit that is alive in us. I ask that you would give us the boldness and wisdom to share your gospel with a passion and urgency that can only come from You. Examine my heart and reveal to me the areas of my life I need to surrender to you, Lord.

Suggested Reading: Romans 10:14-18

Bella Giardina


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