I believe that once we become a Christian, and start trying to follow God’s will, He will gradually change us into the person He created us to be (in Lutheran speak, that’s sanctification). That doesn’t mean our whole personality will do an about face. It doesn’t mean we’ll be transformed into saints. It does mean we’ll be more like Jesus, and more gifted, more joyful, more full of life, more peaceful with ourselves and others.
In my own case, the biggest thing God frees me from (I say frees because it still has to happen daily) is fear. If I were asked to choose one word to describe myself, especially years ago, it would be shy, maybe even timid. Social situations were not pleasant, but stressful. I was afraid people wouldn’t like me, that they would discover what a fraud I was, or that I would make a stupid mistake. Of course, that kept me from trying all kinds of things or taking risks of any kind … who knew what might happen? It’s not a great way to live.
Becoming a serious Christian helped me to move outside of my comfort zone. I’m still a quiet introvert (nothing wrong with that, it’s how God made me!) but I have taught Sunday School (children and adults), led workshops and retreats, given talks to groups, organized committees and more. I can use the gifts God gave me in my own way. I’m not tooting my own horn, just telling you what God can do, because I would NEVER, EVER have done those things without Him.
Am I still afraid? All the time. My husband says if there isn’t something to worry about, I’ll invent it. However, I don’t have to let my anxiety control me. I can step out in faith and take a risk. A friend of mine once said, “there’s no better place to try something new than at church. If you fail, they’ll still love you.” That’s what’s so freeing about being a Christian — you know that no matter what happens, you can never lose the love and Christ.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.” 1 Timothy 1:7
What has God freed you from? We want to hear from you.
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