Freedom in Christ

motorcyclistBecause through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2

How we as people long for freedom. It’s true, we are meant to flourish in a world of beauty and love. We are meant to explore and learn and share our hearts. But the freedom we usually choose to pursue is that of living by our own rules. Human “freedom” seems to be the ability to pursue whatever we decide makes us feel happy and loved. We don’t want to be told what is right or wrong. We don’t want to be limited by outdated morals and lofty wisdom. Freedom means I am free to pursue my own pleasure how and when I want.

There is really no such freedom!

The more we run toward what we think will satisfy our cravings, the more we entangle ourselves in chains of selfishness. The only freedom that can really be found and enjoyed is freedom in Christ. It is freedom to be the person God intended each of us to be, freedom to be children of God that desire to follow Him wholeheartedly.

Sure, we can be more or less enslaved, but without God’s intervention, we can never truly be free. The more we look for purpose without God, the more we find pointlessness. The more we look for love, the more we find brokenness and disappointment. The more control we try to obtain, the more we watch our circumstances slip through our fingers like grains of sand. Freedom apart from Christ does not exist.

We are creatures made by a creator, God, with purpose and meaning.

Without God, we will never truly know fulfillment in any way.

Only as we submit to Jesus as our Lord and Savior can we see the freedom we have available. It is freedom to be loved as we are, faults and all. It is freedom to be completely forgiven and then be able to offer that forgiveness to those around us.  It is freedom to live a victorious life regardless of our circumstances. We accept the yoke that Christ offers, tensing up for a heavy load only to find He lifts the weight off of us.

I’ve read accounts of people in the worst, most dejected, filthy places, being treated more like animals than people. But, even in these horrid circumstances, a child of God can live in freedom and peace. It makes no logical sense but it is true. On the other hand, we can look around and see countless people with tons of “blessings,” unable to find any true meaning, purpose, or hope in our world.

When we feel empty and lost, we have the chance to look to the one true source of hope and freedom…Jesus Christ. It’s never fun to hit a low spot or be confronted with our emptiness. But at least that allows us to look around and re-evaluate our choices. God doesn’t give up on us. We can put Him off, and pretend He’s not there, but eventually we have to acknowledge Who He is and whether or not we will follow Him. When we are tired of looking for salvation and freedom in a broken and cruel world, we can look for true salvation and freedom in the One who has the power and ability to change our lives completely. Let’s give up our supposed freedom to serve ourselves and choose to become slaves to the most amazing, holy God of the universe. He gives us a life of true meaning, hope and joy.

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