Posted on January 12, 2017 Posted By: firstname.lastname@example.orgCategories: OWNit365 RCC Devo
This week we are reading John chapters 6 – 10. In John 8 Jesus speaks on freedom. Freedom is a word that means a lot to us as Americans. Freedom seems to be the most basic of American virtues. The ultimate sin in America is to restrict, infringe, or violate someones freedom. Unfortunately we have allowed our cultural definition of freedom to loose the richness that perhaps it once had. We have allowed our definition of freedom to slip to simply meaning our right to choose. Freedom means that we can choose to be, to do, to say, or to think whatever and however we want. Boundaries, roles, and responsibilities have become defined as those things that restrict our freedom. We have allowed ourselves to believe that freedom is merely our right to choose whatever we want and follow our desires without restriction.
Yet in John chapter 8 we encounter a different definition of freedom. John 8:32 says “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is speaking of himself when he references “the truth.” Jesus is connecting the truth of who he is with the experience of true freedom. A few verses later Jesus lets us further in on his definition of freedom. John 8:34 – 36 says “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Have you ever tried not to sin? How long did you make it? A week? A day? When I try to live sin-free on my own self discipline I usually make it about 12 minutes. The point Jesus is making is that we are all slaves to our own sinful nature. When we live our lives “freely choosing” whatever we desire, the truth of our situation is that we are simply living out the reality of our own slavery to sin. What we have come to define culturally as freedom, God identifies as slavery.
True freedom is found only in Christ. That freedom is so much richer that simply freedom of choice. God’s freedom is the ability to live, not as a slave, but as a son or daughter of God. God’s freedom allows us to discover who we truly are, to live as we were created to live, and to connect to God they way we were created to connect. The freedom through Christ goes so much farther than freedom to choose. Freedom in Christ is true freedom.
I challenge you to redefine freedom in your own life. Don’t accept the lesser definition of freedom, but experience the freedom that only comes through connection with the truth of Jesus Christ.