For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, [it is] the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 NASB)
Recognizing our full freedom in Christ begins with an awareness that our sins are forgiven and we face exciting possibilities for a new life. While it is right to revel in our newfound freedom, we must never forget that it is just the beginning of a long journey toward becoming the person God wants us to be.
Real freedom includes release from all the limiting factors that hinder us from regularly bearing fruit. Among these factors is an incorrect attitude toward self. When we fail to see ourselves as God sees us, things begin to fall apart at the center of our being, and we become weighed down with insecurities of all kinds. Then we can all too easily become enmeshed in the attempt to prove ourselves by pushing, achieving, and accumulating more and more possessions.
The Lord's remedy for all this is to rearrange our thinking until we begin to recognize who we are in Christ. With this viewpoint, we can move beyond spiritual infancy and embrace all of God's purposes for our lives. The Bible says that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. Whenever we feel inadequate and worthless, we must remember who is at work within us and celebrate what He is in the process of doing. We can silence the condemning voices by adopting the right attitude about God's handiwork. That will open the door for the Spirit of Jesus to bring forth fruit that abides. In this way, we can truly reach our full potential and enjoy who we are, what we have, and where we are going.
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