You are the hope. You are the light. You are what the world is waiting for. This week special guest Pastor Joel Ramsey brought a faith-galvanizing message about stepping out of the comfort zone to co-labor with Christ and bring freedom to others.
Wild, Free & Burning Bright // Emma Stevenson
How often do we examine our posture in Christ? How do we co-labor with Christ in a city that prides itself on the elevation of self-preservation, self-promotion, and self-motivation? Joel Ramsey shared a message, challenging us to collaborate with Christ by activating our authority in Christ as sons and daughters by adjusting our posture in Him.
We live in a free country with the freedom of speech, and yet spiritually we can sometimes, in difficult seasons, walk around hunched over in bondage to our sinful nature and the opinions of others. But Christ gave us the free gift of salvation to deal with our sin in full. When we allow our thought process to be: “I’m a sinner but I’m saved by grace,” it leaves the excuse for us to live in sin. The grace of Jesus doesn’t put us in a position where we do whatever we want; it empowers us to live a life that looks like Jesus Christ, and He lived a life without sin.
He paid the ultimate price for you and me, to take our sin and reconcile us back to a father in heaven. How then, if we do not adjust our posture, can we continue in the same mindset of “a sinner, saved by grace?” We are free from the confines and chains of sin, allowing our new nature to rise up. The cross crucified our sinful nature and removed our sin, not exposing it but rather exposing who we truly are, revealing our real value.
If we believe what we believe about Christ, either we believe all of it or none of it. We are called to be wild, free, and burning bright. The world is searching, aching, looking for something else to satisfy that gap, Christ in you, the hope of glory — that is the mystery the world is looking for. Once you know who you are in Christ, naturally you develop a posture of freedom, able to dismantle the lies from the enemy that would attempt to create fear.
The enemy’s job is to separate you from the Father. The only way to combat those lies is to go straight to the Father. As you adjust your posture in the freedom you have in Christ, you start to take those habitual thoughts, drop them on the ground and go straight to Jesus. The world is waiting for you to discover your freedom in Christ so that you can burn bright. The glory of the Lord has risen upon you. And we cannot keep that glory inside the church walls on a Sunday morning. It must go out, exit the building through earthen vessels like you and I into the subways and streets of New York City.
We must collaborate with Christ to find out who we are in Him. We may encounter Him on a Sunday which can ignite us, but his truth will sustain us so that others may encounter him.
This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me. // Colossians 1: 26-27