by Courtney Laib, Story Hope
Jen Hatmaker is one of my favorite authors and speakers. If you’ve never heard her speak or read any of her books (she has like nine) then you need to get on that train. Now. Yesterday I was reading a book she wrote for mother’s called Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load. It’s a great book and a pretty easy read. I’ve been working through it little by little and what I read yesterday fit so well with our series on identity that I knew I just had to share it.
“No matter how much your sin has evolved into your identity, you can be set free. You are not bound by the image you’ve chosen. You don’t have to continue being that person simply because that is how everyone knows you. Jesus doesn’t look at us with eyes of judgement. He knew when He came to earth that we were saturated with sin.
No surprises there. He’s neither shocked nor horrified. He came to set us free. He came to set you free.”
Sometimes it’s just better to let someone else say it, right? This hits home for me especially because I’ve noticed lately that there’s a thing in my life that I’ve continued to say “I’m sorry God” for, even though I already know it’s been forgiven. And it’s not even necessarily a sin per say, just a failure that still hangs over my head a tiny bit. God is over it. He has been for a long time. So why do I struggle so much to get over it myself?
Our sin (past, present, or future) does not define us. Jesus died to cover it ALL. Repentance is necessary but continuing to mull over something that’s already been wiped clean, isn’t. Can you imagine how silly it would be for your husband or kids to obsessively wipe down the dinner table after you had already thoroughly cleaned it? What a waste of time. And it just doesn’t make sense.
Is there a sin in your life that you’ve allowed to define who you are? Why is it so hard to let it go? Can you let it go today?