I love the month of July as we enter the summer months and celebrate the freedom we have as citizens of the United States. The reflection on freedom makes me think beyond Independence Day to our individual freedom we pursue and enjoy. I encounter many different groups and individuals as I travel around South Carolina as the State Director for C3. The one common attribute each group shares is they are usually seeking to improve individually and make a difference in their circle of influence.
One of the foundational elements that enable one to thrive is identity freedom, which is a clear understanding of your identity, and the freedom to reflect your identity with excellence. The opposite of identity freedom would be identity theft, trying to be someone you are not intended to be. Sadly, there are many that are in an identity crisis, not knowing who they were created to be. However, when we understand who God created us to be, we are free to thrive as we pursue our true identity.
The revelation of our true identity can only be revealed by our Creator. Many times, we allow circumstances or others to define our identity, but the only one that truly knows the purpose for which we were created is our Creator. David expressed this beautifully in Psalms 139:13-14, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.” When I read this passage, I envision a DNA strand and the uniqueness that God weaves into each of us. When He wove us together, He knew the plans and purpose for which He created us.
This is reflected in Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” The pursuit of our identity is not a passive journey as stated in the previous scripture. We are told that we must seek God, pray, and pursue Him with all our hearts in order to know Him and the plans He has for each of us. It is this pursuit that gives us our freedom.
We were created in the image of God, our Creator, with a free will to make right and wrong choices. Adam was free to eat from any tree in the garden, but he made the choice to eat from the one tree that was prohibited. This one act allowed sin to enter the world and gave us the knowledge of good and evil. We are confronted with these choices each day, the choice of good and evil, freedom or bondage. However, as followers of Jesus, we are free to walk in the freedom as stated in John 8:36, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” To enable us to walk to successfully walk in this freedom, God has provided us with the necessary resources.
Our freedom is experienced when we walk in the identity by which we were created, in relationship with Jesus, through obedience to the Word of God, and by the power of the Holy Spirit. These resources ensure we can walk in freedom when we make these right choices, however, there is always a cost to freedom.
The Cost of Freedom
We must always remember there is a cost to freedom. Whether as a nation or our personal freedom, freedom requires a sacrifice. Let us enter this summer season with a grateful heart for those that went before us that have sacrificed for our freedom. Whether soldiers, family, or the many in uniform that protect us each day.
We wish you a safe and enjoyable summer and it is an honor and privilege to be on this journey with you!
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.