“So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.”
What Would You Do?
Think about the last free day you had. One that was completely and totally devoid of emails, chores, obligations, and stress. How did you spend it? Or better yet, how would you spend your day tomorrow if you could do anything with your time? We’re talking a day with no setbacks or stipulations set. What would you do with your freedom?
This isn’t a trick question. A free day would do us all a lot of good, it seems. But what if there were a different kind of freedom established and enacted by God with our good in mind? A liberty that gives us space to thrive, even in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. What would we do with a freedom like this?
Finding True Meaning
Scripture tells us exactly what to do with the gift of Christ’s freedom: accept it and abide in it. You see, there’s a difference between worldly notions of liberty and the kind that’s eternally minded. But here’s the thing: our freedom in Christ doesn’t just give us free rein to ditch all the responsibilities and duties that have been entrusted to us. Nor does it give us license to live as though the cross weren’t costly. It does, however, grant us the ability to discover our identity and find true meaning in the gift of His everlasting life…even as we walk in the paths set before us with all its many twists and turns.
As it turns out, Jesus has so much more to give to us as we abide with Him on this journey. It’s beyond anything the world could ever try to offer us in His place.
A Transformational Freedom
The freedom Christ offers us empowers us to say no to the things of the world. Like Paul writes in Hebrews 12:1, we can now “lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us.” Because apart from Him, we are unable to choose truth and everlasting life or be able to lay aside these struggles and burdens that keep us down. Another Pauline verse we can turn to is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to bear it.”
If the Sons sets you free, you really will be free. It’s up to us to take this gift of liberty and to make it our own, allowing it to transform us into His image. So, what will you do with your freedom?
Think about this idea of eternal-minded freedom. Do you live as though you are free to abide in His ways? Or does life in Christ seem to be more a burden to you? Take some time to reflect on the liberty He offers to us in the midst of these struggles. Ask the Lord to help you choose Him over all else.