We all want freedom, but we quickly learn that it doesn't come without a price.
Someone once joked, “Absolute freedom is being able to do what you please without considering anyone except your spouse and your kids, the company and the boss, neighbors and friends, the police and the government, the doctor and the church..."
There is much to be thankful for if you live in the United States. Much of what has been secured on our behalf is because of brave men and women who have worn the uniform of the armed services.
We live in a free and prosperous society unlike the world has ever known! Yes, we have our issues but we love our country, warts and all.
Freedom in Christ is not like freedom in America, which often reflects an attitude that "we can do what we want, when we want, where we want," with little to no consequence for our actions, which are focused on self, not others.
As you read about freedom in the New Testament, you'll see that it means we are no longer in bondage to sin, or to the Law of Moses, to Satan, to our carnal nature, or to spiritual death.
In fact, Jesus confirmed this by telling an audience that, "If therefore the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:36)
Jesus was insisting that we understand what that freedom means - that we are free from sin so that we can commit ourselves to a life of service to Him! True freedom means your previous love of self is replaced by a love for Jesus.
Irish scholar Alec Motyer said, "When we come into bondage to the Word of God we come into freedom, because the Word liberates us from the lustful pull of our own nature, and brings us on via the pathway of hard obedience, into new realms of living for God. It is the Law of Liberty." Let the Law of Liberty guide us in our acknowledgement of Jesus!
LEADER PRAYER: Lord, thank you for the gift of a free country, may we never underestimate its value or take it for granted. Help us acknowledge that our true freedom is limited only by our willingness to give ourselves over to your plan for humanity. Please reveal the way for us to walk in that plan so that we won't stumble, but continue to grow in virtue and strive boldly towards eternity in you.