We’ve heard a lot about freedom recently with the release of the Nelson Mandela movie. And for most people, the word is associated firstly with being set free from a literal prison. We also talk about being free from pain, or from debt or finding freedom from a stifling relationship. And often, we long to be free from the rat-race of life.
But let’s think about it. What does it mean to be free? I can take medication and be free from pain, only to have it come back later. I can slip back into debt if I’m not very careful with my budget. I can leave one stifling relationship only to end up in another one. I can find that I’ve taken the stress with me to life on the farm. And if I go on doing the same dumb things, I can land back behind literal bars.
So any freedom has a shelf life, unless we work hard to keep it operating.
But what if there is a freedom you don’t have to work at? A freedom that is guaranteed to last, without help from you. A freedom you only need to step into.
Maybe you’re thinking: I’m not in any kind of bondage, why would I need freedom? Sure, I have a bit of a debt problem, but I have a plan to work my way out of that. I’m not behind bars. I live a good life. I’ve just started a great new relationship…
Allow me to pose a few questions.
to sleep at night?
What gets your imagination going when your husband starts working later?
What makes your heart begin to race and your palms get sweaty, for no apparent reason?
Why are you uncomfortable discussing or even contemplating the death of someone?
The one word, the one emotion, that answers all these questions is: fear. We are all in bondage to fear. And fear shows itself in many ways. Fear of rejection causes us to try to please people, sometimes even at the cost of our own convictions. There is also a deep-seated fear of judgement, often unrealised, that shows itself in a sense of self-condemnation. Something many of us struggle with is the fear of loneliness. And then there’s the biggie: the fear of death; we push it down, don’t want to think about it, distract ourselves with everything that would prevent us thinking about our mortality. These are some of the chains that hold us captive.
Are you telling yourself you can handle all your fears on your own? Deep down, you know you can’t.
The good news is, there is a way out, if we are willing to take it.
There is a freedom waiting for you that nothing and no one can take away. You can have freedom from self-condemnation with a totally clear conscience. You can be free of the fear of rejection through a love that accepts you completely. You need never be lonely again because there is a friend who has promised never to leave you. And the fear of death can be wiped out and replaced by an excitement that looks forward to life beyond the grave.
So, where is this freedom found?
Jesus said: You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Which truth was He talking about? Your truth? My truth? Religious truth? The “truth” we get from the media? The “truth” we get from professors and scientists? No, none of those “truths” is powerful enough to set us free – they don’t even agree with each other!
When Jesus was on “trial” before Pilate, the Roman governor asked Him a loaded question:
What is truth? He didn’t know he was standing face to face with truth.
Jesus said: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
THE Truth. There is only One. If true freedom is what you want, you need to get to know The Truth – Jesus Himself. You need to check out His life, death and resurrection in the Bible, so you get the facts of the story straight; and, at the same time, ask Him to give you His freedom, and surrender your life to Him. You will experience peace and freedom that, without Him, you can only dream of.