Alive.

wesblackburn —  October 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

Today’s song for #MusicMonday is from Hillsong’s latest project, called Young & Free. It’s a new team they’ve created specifically to reach out to youth and the next generation. If you’ve always been hoping for worship music with more of a dance twist, wait no longer. Here’s the song for today, called “Alive.”

(Can’t see the video? Click here.)

I remember that growing up, freedom wasn’t the word I’d probably use to characterize a relationship with Jesus. Yeah, it may be the “right answer” or the thing that all the worship songs and stuff growing up would talk about, but I don’t think that really lived inside of me in a meaningful way.

That was until Galatians 5:1 entered the picture. Here, Paul writes that “it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Paul has spent much of the letter to the Galatians up to this point talking about how we aren’t saved by our works and actions, but by the work of Christ on the cross and our faith in him. I love this verse because I think it’s a beautiful proclamation that Jesus didn’t offer us freedom in the cross to get something from us, but because he wanted something for us. In most relationships we have, we are told to behave a certain way and then we find acceptance. A relationship with God through Jesus is totally different. We find acceptance in him first, and that frees us to live differently.

I hope that your relationship with Jesus makes you truly feel alive. And if you’re not in a relationship with Christ, I hope that maybe you might start to rethink that today. It truly is something that frees us. Shapes us. Changes us. Take a step into that life-giving freedom today.

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