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?