Is Your Definition of Freedom Enslaving You?
Most people’s definition of freedom goes something like this: the ability to choose what you want, live how you want, and think what you want, without any restrictions other than not hurting others in the process.
We could get into how realistic that is. For example, how well would that work at a busy airport with planes landing and taking off every 30 seconds?
How well would you trust surgeons to be that free in the operating room?
You’re probably saying,”Are you crazy?”
No, I’m not, but if we held to our freedom definition, life on this planet would be chaos.
So why do we bristle at the thought that God has His definition of freedom? And it’s not what we might think.
His definition is much broader: deliverance from the power and control of sin; much like our Independence Day, July 4th.
So while we celebrate our nation’s freedom this month, unless we are truly emancipated from sin, we’re still enslaved. To ourselves. To our own desires, lusts and pride.
God tells us a neutral moral condition does not exist. That’s a figment of our imagination.
“You don’t know my mother. She’s a saint,” you say.”What about my rabbi who is the best therapist in town?” “Or my rabbi’s wife who puts up with his re-telling all those stories?”
But even our best choices and actions are within the confines of our sinful nature.
The truth is we need rescuing. We need a complete overhaul if we’re ever going to experience true freedom.
That’s where Jesus (Yeshua) comes in. He lived a perfect life we failed to live. And He died as our substitute in order to reconcile us to God.
“They answered him, ‘We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, “You will become free?'”
“Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin…So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'” – John 8:33-34, 36
Our job is to believe the work of Yeshua on our behalf, repent of our fallen ways, and embrace him as our Lord.
When you receive Yeshua you are truly free. For the first time in your life, you can choose to live right because God has made you right in him.
Ready to break free?
Let me know.