The man. Your parents. Your insecurities. Many of us live within boxes. We feel restricted, obligated. Guilty, even. It seems the world expects something of us and we don't want to disappoint. Or maybe we don't want to be exposed for who we really are - who we truly want to be.
We think we need permission.
Well, you don't. You do not need permission to charge ahead and to be who God made you to be. You do not need anyone's nod of approval to be boldly pursue God's calling on your life. You don't need permission, you need movement.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 ESV)
Not that you need my approval, but I want to give you three permissions today:
1. Permission to start. You have permission to start that business you've dreamed about, to plant that church, or to try the new initiative with your team at work. To start something new or to create something that was previously not there. After writing Walking Through Walls, I have had many people tell me they've always wanted to write a book. My advice is to get started today. The barriers to entry keeping you from going after that thing that keeps you up at night are much lower than you think.
2. Permission to quit. Romans 6:14 tells us that we are no longer under the law, but under grace. Because of Jesus' work on the cross, we have the power to wage war on our sin and to quit those joy-robbing and God-dishonoring parts of our lives. Jesus gave us that permission. You are not chained to anything. Get up and go from your prison of sin.
3. Permission to lead. Leaders are in short supply. At least good ones are. A good leader is someone who understands how to serve (Jesus came to serve, not be served). A leader will speak up, raise her hand, and show others the way. You do not need permission to lead where God has placed you. You are an ambassador for Christ, entrusted with the message of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19-20). Let your ambassadorship play out freely in your life.
Let's get some balance here. We are free, but we are not little gods. We sit under the reign of the true king, Jesus. But we aren't just subjects, we are His family. We are a part of the royal family of God.
God has shown us in Scripture how He designed the world to function. He has shown us through the entirety of the Bible that our gaze should be upon Christ as our treasure.
The commands and wisdom contained within the Bible are created for maximum flourishing - and maximum freedom. When we play our unique part well and humble ourselves before the Word of God, we will find our souls explode with joy and our true identity will shine forth. We will taste our freedom and experience it in the best way possible.