"So Jesus was saying to those Jews who believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8:31-32 (NSAB)
Freedom. The word is synonymous with USA for people around the globe. People who desperately want to experience being released from oppression and bondage. The very catalyst for so many to fight the struggle to come here.
But today's American headlines will reflect we fail to understand what freedom means. By viewing the news, one might surmise that freedom is doing and saying whatever you want, when you want, and how you want. However, freedom without boundaries does not make you free.
As Christians, our freedom is not found in circumstances. Chaos around us, the result of unrestricted freedoms, can develop in us overwhelming fear. True freedom is only found in Christ and results in being released from sin. How we find this is clear in John 8:31 and 32. We must be in the Word to know the truth and the truth will set us free.
Patrick Henry revealed his passion for his beliefs when he stated, "I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death." What if, like him, we decided as Christians that it was time to fight for freedom by living out the truth that we are no longer captives to sin? Where would we choose to lose our life for the cause of Christ? As believers, we would look at our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family and be compelled to believe that their lives are worth us losing our own. This can only be done by passionately pursuing a release that comes from knowing the one true God.
Only then we could perhaps comprehend together what an Iranian prisoner came to understand about freedom after accepting Jesus as His Savior. Though he was bound by chains and restricted by bars, he declared, "It's the first time I have felt free."
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Father, help me to understand that freedom is not external. It is what You have given to me in Christ. Convict me to live in a way that shows others they, too, can live a life of freedom from sin. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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