David lived fully because he was fully free. He was in love with God and free from self-reliance and self-centeredness. This full life was not something David accomplished on his own; he was set free to experience it through his love for God and his being loved by God. It is in that freedom that life is received and in that freedom that it grows.
Michael Reeves in his book Delighting in the Trinity explains life in this way:
“The life the Spirit gives is not an abstract package of blessing; it is his own life that he shares with us, the life of fellowship with the Father and the Son. Thus the Spirit is not like some divine milkman, leaving the gift of “life” on our doorsteps only to move on. In giving us life he comes in to be with us and remain with us. Having once given life, then, he does not move on, he stays to make that life blossom and grow. “ p.90
1. Rick says “I want to live fully. I don’t want my life to be stunted by fear or insecurity. I want to live the life God made me for” (32). Have you experienced, or are you currently experiencing, fear or insecurity that keeps you from living fully?
2. This chapter tells the story of three people and their responses to freedom. If you had to pick one of those three, who do you most relate to in your journey toward freedom: Uzzah, the self-reliant person; David, the self-forgetful person; or Michal, the self-centered person?
3. To live fully is to fully trust God; however, we are often afraid of trusting him because he might put our life together in a way that we would not. Are you afraid of this? Explain.
4. Give three ways that your life might change if you trusted God fully?
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