If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31-32
Just the other day as we were discussing in our disciple training class on the matter of what it means to rely on Christ, an interesting thought had come to mind.
When we think about freedom, it makes us automatically think about what we can do freely. It reminds us about our ability to act, to think, and feel in ways that we want to. It reminds us about our rights and our desires. It reminds us that there is a reality in which we could be controlled, manipulated, and misguided — but we are fortunate enough to find freedom from such forces (to a certain extent…)
Whether it be politically, religiously, or just in our biological free will – we especially living in America are quite naturalized to the idea of “freedom”.
When Christ talks about freedom, I think it is safe to say that He may be referencing to our eternal salvation. That we were once slaves to sin, but we are now free from it. This past resurrection Sunday reminded me about that freedom, we were bought at a price for our freedom, as slaves were bought for a price.
But I believe that this idea of freedom is so much more than just being free from sin and death. It is a freedom from ourselves.
As long as we are here, battling our trials and temptations, we are limited to what we can do. Our thoughts are so small that we cannot even make up our minds about what we’ll be eating for dinner in the next hour.
We are so small.
But being made new in the likeness of Christ has its perks. We have the opportunity to break free from such mundane and natural habits. The more we become like Him, the greater our works increase in weight and importance. Through Christ we can do ALL things, even things we couldn’t do on our own. He has broken the chains from our own ceilings, He propels us to a place that we once could not go nor reach. We have the ability to tap into a source of power that is unmatched.
Along with the freedom from death, He has given us freedom from ourselves. Let that Truth set you free. No longer live as you once did when you were in rebellion, be free from those days that you didn’t know God.
It’s a much easier concept than actual practice. One of the students in our class said, how hard it must be for us to try and understand our new found freedom. As traffic victims often find themselves back in the place where they fought so hard to escape from, we find ourselves back in the familiar place of our old selves. Luckily there is no condemnation, but there is still remorse and mourning.
It is a difficult journey for me. I have been a slave to this world for almost 16 years of my life and I am barely beginning to understand what it means to live with freedom within these past 8 years since encountering God.
Maybe the next 8 will have greater strides in understanding what it means to live and to be in Grace. Maybe I will make better use of my newly freed life.