Have you ever wondered what that really is according to God’s word?
The word freedom brings many thoughts to people’s minds depending on their background, life experiences and belief system. To some, freedom has a political context. Whether it be from a corrupt government or society, you can not have freedom without the feeling or bondage. To others, freedom has a psychological context. Whether it be from depressing thoughts or the shame brought from family or people, the desire to be free is not in a person without the feeling of captivity.
Without Christ, freedom is a philosophy that man creates in the mind that stirs emotion, fear, excitement and eventually action if a person desires to acquire it. The main problem with man’s concept of freedom is it’s never ending limitation and the lack of fulfillment that comes once the desired result of this “freedom” is acquired.
True freedom is only in Christ Jesus! Freedom is something that is supernaturally given by God to man when man accepts the humility that they cannot truly apprehend it without submission to a higher power.
With every step towards man-made freedom comes a different bondage. We may escape bondage of a type of government, only to bonded in the difficulties of establishing new order out of chaos.
In my travels to eastern Europe and my interactions with people that lived under the communistic societies that used to exist, there are never ending mixed emotions towards the current government versus the former. Some are thrilled with the new government while others long for the former. Every scenario brings positive and negative changes. We can easily choose which we think is better, but the reality is that there are always pros and cons to every system.
What’s my point? We can apply this to everything in life. Where one scenario brings a freedom to a bondage, the new set up has it’s own set of problems and therefore bringing it’s new bondage with it.
This is why I belive the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 6:16 “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”
We will always be in bondage to one or the other, but the only way to be truly free is to become a slave of righteousness bound with the bondage of Christ. This bondage is of course the only freedom that can truly exist. As we die to our flesh, we bind ourselves to the everlasting life and love of the Heavenly Father. Galatians 2:20 teaches this clearly…“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
By allowing God to take control of our lives, we are now entangled with the creator of Heaven and earth and our desires of the flesh have been traded to a new submission and all that comes with it. Of course it is only through this submission that we receive the fruits of Jesus which are life and peace!
So today…do you desire freedom? Is your heart in bondage to fear, temptation, and sin? The only way to be free, is to actually submit yourself and all your desires to God. We can only be free through Jesus Christ as he is the only bondage that truly brings FREEDOM!
Be FREE! Amen!