Galatians 5:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Walk by the Spirit

[a]It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

I recently viewed Ragamuffin, a movie about the life of Rich Mullins. I was into Mullins’ music when I first came to faith; tragically, he died soon after I became a Christian when his Jeep crashed in my home state of Illinois.

In the movie, pastor and author Brennan Manning asks Mullins, “What does a free man do?” Mullins had always felt caught by the music industry in Nashville; without hesitating, he affirmed his love for the Navajos on their reservation in Arizona and said he wanted to be with them. It was a sudden, radical switch from being in a Nashville recording studio. But he went.

I ask you that today, woman of ministry. If you were free to minister in any way you possibly could, where would God call you?

Mullins was held back by his father’s disapproval. Many times women feel held back by family expectations… societal dos-and-don’ts that differ according to the area of the country… lack of degrees or work experience. We say, “I couldn’t possibly because of ________,” but all the time, our bones are melting away.

I’ve found the place of God’s calling is incredibly lonely. Sometimes it feels like you’re the only one there, and people will misunderstand and they will judge you. But others will follow you. They will join you, in time.

There is a way to choose freedom. Ask the Lord to show you what it is when you cannot see it for yourself.