What does it mean to be free? For some, freedom is the ability to do whatever one wants whenever and wherever one wants to do it. Ironically, this kind of freedom leads to the enslavement of a person to their passion as well as the abuse of one’s body/mind/soul/spirit in ways that reduce life. For example, I may have the ability to eat an entire family-sized bag of Doritos every day for the next 30 days, but at what cost to my weight, cholesterol levels, heart health, and waistline. To exercise this kind of freedom actually has the potential to reduce the quality of my life as I place myself at higher risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
So what does it mean to be free? Real freedom is recognizing that without some discipline our lives will never be what God intends them to be. Real freedom is taking our ability to live life on our terms and surrendering it to Jesus asking him to show us how to live life on God’s terms. Real freedom is recognizing that our God only wants the best for us so we choose to follow Jesus with every decision we make and discover that in “giving up” our freedom we have gained true life.
Celebrate your freedom this month of July. We live in the greatest nation on earth. But also celebrate your God-given freedom this month. We have the greatest God in Jesus Christ. He’s the one that truly sets us free.