God wants us to be free. In fact, this is a major theme throughout Scripture.
Because Jesus died and rose again, we can have freedom from the prisons that hold us back. Jesus writes in John 8:36, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (NIV).
Here are three ways Jesus wants to give you freedom in your ministry.
1. Freedom from pretending
As pastors, we often worry people will see the real us. People tend to expect perfection from us, and we put on masks to hide who we really are. Social media makes this even worse, pressuring us to appear like we have it all together.
Some of you have been pretending for so long that you don’t even know who the real you is.
One of the reasons we pretend is because we want to please people—our families, our church, or our communities. But Proverbs 29:25 tells us the problem with doing this, “Being afraid of people can get you into trouble” (NCV).
None of us…