Do You Want to Be Free?

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This is a question that is posed to me in one of the first pages of the Deeper study – a collection of lessons on meditating and applying the Word of God. It’s a continuation of the lessons that all started with the God Story Mini Course.  The question is coming at an interesting time.

We all have our own definition of freedom, don’t we?  Whether it’s a job we love (or no job at all), enough money to do what we want in our free time, or the ability to pick up and go at a moment’s notice.  For me, my earthly ideas about freedom usually tend to center around money and work.  Both areas that cause most people at least some concern, so I don’t think I’m alone there.  I find myself thinking that if I had more money, I’d feel less stressed or worried about the future.  Or if I had my “dream job” (if that really exists!), I wouldn’t mind working the rest of my life.

I’ve been rolling these thoughts around in my head the last few days and yesterday I had a moment of simple clarity – one that has fogged slightly since then but I held on to what I felt at the moment.  Those needs I have to feel secure, happy, taken care of – there is nothing on earth that can fulfill those needs.  It feels like a cliche to say it, and certainly not mind blowing.  But sometimes the simplest truths just reveal their TRUTH to us.

The verse that is discussed on this particular page of the Deeper study is Romans 1:18-25.  I won’t quote the whole thing here but it discusses the fact that God has made his truth evident to us, and our choice to reject that truth brings consequences.

It made me think about how those consequences aren’t always recognizable as a kind of punishment or direct discipline.  The choice to ignore God’s truth bears itself out in many ways.  For me, fear and insecurity can be crippling.  It makes me the opposite of free.

I sometimes wonder if most of us are really capable of believing the kind of freedom that Christ has in store for us.  I envy those that seem to come by that belief so naturally, because I feel like such a stupid human sometimes…constantly being led back to what, according to scripture and my personal experience, has been made so clear.

But I DO want to be free.  I guess I should consider myself lucky that these moments arrive to show me what the true path to that freedom really is.

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who believed Him, “I 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

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