Freedom – What a powerful word, as well as, a word filled with so much promise. As we just celebrated our Nation’s independence this past 4th of July, I am reminded of the freedom we enjoy in the country. Freedom should not be taken for granted for it was obtained at a great price. Servicemen, past and present fought, and continue to fight for our freedom. Our patriots are great heroes who sacrifice for us so that we can walk in freedom.
I’m reminded of one other person, Jesus Christ who also fought for our freedom. He endured the cross for each of us so we could walk in complete liberty. Yet, we as the body of Christ, are not functioning in our God given freedom and authority. In many ways, we are walking in bondage. We don’t realize who we are in Christ Jesus and the authority He has given to us to live victorious lives.
1 Corinthians 7:21-23 “Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you – although if you can gain your freedom, do so. For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ’s slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves to men.”
Scripture clearly states that we were set free from the bondage of our sin for we are the Lord’s freed men. When Christ Jesus died on the cross, His works were finished! He fulfilled every requirement. Yet, why are so many not walking in the freedom He paid for? Why are so many still in bondage? It could be an emotional bondage of guilt, fear and shame. It could be physical bondage to certain addictions. These are just a few different types of bondages that adhere and hold us captive. All the while, Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to obtain complete freedom. Do you realize your worth to Him? Noticed I stated “to Him” and not in Him. There is a difference. Do you know the love of God, because it is His unconditional love that moved Him to sacrifice His life for you and me?
The second portion of that Scripture reinforces the importance of becoming a servant to Christ Jesus. Our allegiance need to be to the One and Only and understanding His heart. In Ephesians 5:1 “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” We are to be imitators of God. The only way to imitate the heart of God is to be in fellowship with Him. The only way to be a servant to God is to know what He desires. Throughout Scriptures, Jesus speaks only the words that the Father had given Him or He only did what the Father had instructed Him to do. Jesus walked in confidence of knowing who He was. He knew He was the Beloved Son. Do you know who you are in Christ Jesus? Do you understand all that the cross represents for you and me? Do you know the heart of God? You see, beloved, when you come to know the heart of God, you realize who you are in Him and the freedom He desires for you to walk in. He longs for you to obtain complete wholeness.
My heart is for each of us to pursue God through His Word and allow His truth to set us free.