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What is the Point of Freedom?

There once was a man who eagerly and earnestly sought to have one million dollars in his possession. He had dreamed of the day and longed for it. He tried and planned, he scrimped and saved. Sometimes he would advance while other times he would fall behind.

One day he was discouraged and his friend wondered what the problem could be.

“I’ve dedicated my whole life to this dream of having a million dollars and I don’t think I’m going to make it.”

Knowing of his dream, he asked him, “why do you want a million dollars so much?”

“Then I’d be free…”

“So you mean, if someone showed up and gave you a million dollars then you’d feel free?”

The freedom is there regardless and we choose how to apply it. We set certain goals for ourselves that will finally “make us free,” but that’s not the view of Scripture.

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

Some hold onto a notion that once a certain sin is gone from your life, then you’ll be free. At that time, you’ll be able to serve God and advance His Kingdom. When it’s all done, you just won’t be stopped.

Focusing on sin never eradicates sin. If it did, the Pharisees would have been blameless before God.

This may sound strange, but if ‘no sin’ is the only object of freedom then you are missing the point.

Many Christians live with this idea, but freedom from sin is only one aspect of the gospel. Some have made it the only goal of a true disciple. I don’t believe we should tolerate any sin at any degree, but freedom doesn’t live and die with it.

Why does God bring freedom to our lives?
For He looked down from His holy height;
From heaven the Lord gazed upon the earth,
To hear the groaning of the prisoner,
To set free those who were doomed to death,
That may tell of the name of the Lord in Zion
And His praise in Jerusalem –Psalm 102:19-21

He sets us free because we need it and we’re in bondage, so that we know Him, and that we might tell of His name and praise.

It’s for freedom He’s set us free (Galatians 5:1) and we maintain this not by achieving and scraping by—managing our sin as best we can. We maintain freedom by knowing Him, trusting Him, and releasing freedom to others.

Whatever you do, don’t confuse the feeling of freedom with God’s actual freedom already purchased for you through Jesus’ blood.

The full expression of that may take time, but we can begin understanding it right now. It’s easy to grow complacent and justify inaction when freedom is “out there in the future.” If it’s for today as Jesus says, freedom demands a response.

What are your thoughts?

 

12 Comments

  1. My thoughts? I don’t know if this is human nature, or merely my own, but I tend to vacillate between two extremes in most things: I either eat healthy, or deep fry everything, I exercise until I’m injured, or I’m a couch potato. Extreme is my nature. Yet He doesn’t demand I go entirely against that nature: He wants extreme TRUST in Him and His Father. When I get to that point of extreme trust, I expect all the other extremes to balance out.

    As usual, I make complete sense in my own mind, but maybe not so much outside of it… :-)
    Helen recently posted..Voice in My HeadMy Profile

    • I do understand what you mean, Helen. It’s not just you--partly it’s the world we live in. It’s geared toward extremes and tempts us into the same behavior. Sometimes it “pays off” which leads others and ourselves to follow suit, but like you said, our first priority is trusting our Father. In that centering, everything else can flow out according to His purposes. I appreciate your thoughts (and just glad to see you around here again--makes me happy!). :)

      Thanks Helen.

  2. It is unfortunate, when the very things we focus on being the source of leading to our freedom are the very things that keep us in bondage. Very good points today. If we have accepted Christ, we have the freedom He purchased in the here and now not sometime when we have finally overcome the obstacles. Thanks for the reminder.
    Philip recently posted..Providence (Not just a town in Rhode Island)My Profile

    • And what is it for? That freedom has a purpose--first because He just loves us and wants us free but secondly, to impact the world around us so they can know freedom. Thanks so much, Philip.

  3. I think our senses get in the way of His truth. He has come to set us free from exactly that; our flesh. We do Him a disservice when we live counting our blessings by a number. The blessings and joys and the peace from God can’t be measured… only the small things of this world can be measured by a number…

    • Sounds crazy to non-believers, but what a joy that we have been crucified with Christ and we no longer live, but He lives in us! Old things are passed away and behold, all things are new. He poured out His love, grace, and freedom and we can embrace it every day. We don’t wait for a certain number or a certain reserve, but we live in that freedom now. Thank you, Floyd.

  4. “Whatever you do, don’t confuse the feeling of freedom with God’s actual freedom already purchased for you through Jesus’ blood.”

    Oh that’ll preach bro’! It’s exciting to me that God is talking up freedom in many different parts of the country. The world is so centered on political freedom that it misses the point of true freedom. Thanks Jason for taking on this subject with passion…Breakthrough Church is blessed to have you as their pastor.
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..Freedom PrayerMy Profile

    • Wow, Jay, I appreciate that encouragement. :) This is God’s mandate for me in this year to preach, teach, and live not just a theological concept of freedom, but an experiential reality. I’m excited at how He’s moving and speaking! Thanks so much.

  5. If “no sin” is the object i am in deep deep trouble. Feelings are so deceptive. Good word Jason.
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..PlowingMy Profile

    • And to some that’s the goal or to some it’s a certain sin that equals “freedom.” Jesus didn’t talk like that, but we can certainly fall victim to thinking that way! Thanks so much, Bill.

  6. You hit a key point, Jason. Achieving the one thing, getting rid of that one sin only makes us FEEL free. God set us free from sin years ago. Our true freedom is found in understanding His word and the work He did for us.
    Jason Vana recently posted..The Lord Will FightMy Profile

    • And if that’s our focus, I would dare say, we won’t ever be free. Knowing the author of our freedom--His love and power and grace--that will transform us! Thanks Jason.