As our Nation stops for a few minutes today to honour those who have died and those who continue to fight for our freedom…that word “FREEDOM” is resonating in my spirit.
The majority of us take our freedom for granted. Freedom to choose our own path…freedom to vote…freedom to make choices that can bring blessing or dire consequences.
But are we truly FREE?
Freedom!!… is no doubt the cry of every teenage heart.
I want to be free to do my own thing.
I want to be free of the crazy rules my parents have for me.
I want to be free from the teachers and coaches and everyone who put a burden on me.
Freedom. Songs are written about it. Movies plots are thick with it. People have died for it.
But do we really know what freedom is? Most people wrongly assume that real freedom means doing whatever you want, no rules, no restrictions.
Jesus made it very clear – that isn’t freedom at all. That’s actually slavery. You see…Jesus came to this earth to offer two things. Truth and freedom… and the two are always linked.
He said that anyone who sins is a slave. Sadly we now live in a culture that sees sin as FREEDOM of choice…but sin is a cruel slave master, demanding all of you, giving you nothing in return.
Ask the alcoholic who finds his home on a park bench.
Ask the drug addict who sees his entire future stripped away.
Ask the gambler who loses his reputation & family.
Ask the inmate whose “freedom” hurt others and got him a life sentence.
WE call that FREEDOM?. Looks more like bondage to me? But what Jesus offers is something beautiful. Real, true, spiritual freedom.
In John 10:10 Jesus says that he has come to give us life – life to the full. Jesus says this is the life that opens your eyes up to the truth. What is the truth? The truth is Jesus Himself, the way the truth and the life.
What does the truth do? It sets you free.
The challenge is that we live in a society that says,” living for Jesus is so restrictive, old school, it is too narrow and confining.”
But a life lived for God is only freedom.
Do you really want to be free?