“For freedom Christ has set us free…”
On July 4th, the United States of America celebrates Independence Day. American citizens celebrate the day we gained independence and formed a new country here on this soil. We celebrate freedom and remember those who sacrificed their lives for that freedom.
While many of us enjoy the completion of some freedoms, our lives remain in a constant quest for true freedom. We search for it, aim for it, fight for it, sacrifice for it, and even pay for it. We want to be addiction-free, debt-free, pain-free, worry-free, and obligation-free. We imagine a place where we can experience true freedom. The reason we imagine this place is because we believe it must be possible somewhere, somehow…in some world.
Scripture says we attempt to find freedom in two ways:
- Through “walking by the Spirit.” This is living with expectation that there is something after this life.
- Through living by the “desires of our flesh.” This is living in the moment for whatever feels best at the time.
True champions don't simply feel their way through life. They make plans, follow a program, and invest in the future. Champions expect there is something worth training for even when they can't see the results today.
Jesus calls us to Spirit-filled living. He casts a vision of hope and expectation, and He assures us we can get there through His sacrifice on the cross. This is how we can truly walk in freedom.
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
- What kind of debt do you hope to be free of?
- Read through the “works of the flesh” in Galatians 5:19-21. Which ones do you most often attempt to use in finding freedom?
- How does the cross of Jesus Christ display true freedom?
- Who, in your life, needs to hear this message of freedom?