In the United States we pride ourselves on being free people. Yes, we have laws but we can think and express ourselves as we want, and we can even do what we want within legal limits, which are there to restrain us from harming others. In Bible times the Jews thought they were free as well. Here’s what some of them said to Jesus:
“We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, ‘You will be made free?'” John 8:33
I’ve often read this verse and wondered, who do they think they’re fooling? We’re they slaves of the Pharaoh in Egypt? And at the very time they are saying this, aren’t they under the thumb of Rome? These people are in complete denial!
Well, guess what, we’re in that kind of denial also, because if we’re not slaves to Christ, we’re slaves to somebody or something else. Maybe we’re enslaved by our job, or just the idea that we MUST have a certain amount of money to support our standard of living; maybe we’re a slave to a relationship we think we can’t survive without; maybe we’re a slave to what others think of us. We can even slide back into being slaves of the law when we think we have to do good deeds to earn God’s approval.
When we yield ourselves to Christ, we’re free from all those things and more. There is no greater freedom of than the freedom of knowing we’re in the place God wants us to be and using the gifts He gave us to do His will. Have you ever experienced this freedom? We want to hear your story.