What does it mean to be free?
This is not a question that yields an easy answer. I started thinking about my life and wondering if I am truly free. I know that I don’t always feel like I am free. But these days, I am trying not to live by my feelings. I know that I don’t always live like I am free either. As I mature in my faith, I desire to learn to live by what I know God’s word says to be true and not by past actions.
So, I laid my feelings aside and He reminded me of a few verses that shout of His freedom!
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
The richness of these verses is overwhelming! They are God’s guarantees toward us. Where His Spirit is, there is freedom. His Spirit lives within us. That means that His freedom lives within us.
When Christ does something, it sticks. When He makes a promise, He keeps it. That is exactly what the verse in John is. It is a promise of Christ’s freedom that comes from salvation. What a glorious promise!
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Before Christ, we were slaves…slaves to sin, slaves to shame, slaves to guilt. But when He set us free, He covered us with His love, His grace and His salvation. We are no longer held captive by our sin, we are held captive by His righteousness. That leads us to live free.
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Romans 6: 22
We have been saved from a life of self-condemnation, hopelessness and death. But, it didn’t just stop there. Christ saved us from those things but He also saved us for certain things. He saved us for a life of abundance, hope and freedom.
Let’s return to my original question. What does it mean to be free?
Freedom is Christ.
Freedom is His Spirit living within us.
Freedom comes from His salvation.
Freedom is ours.
The freedom that God gives is absolute. It’s absolute because He said so. His word does not return void. Neither does it change. His word is not based on feelings. It is based on who He is.
Do I feel free all the time? No.
Do I always live like I am free? No.
But, am I free? Yes.
Yes, I am free! Truly free! Free Indeed!
And you are free too! You are not free because of your own effort or striving. You are free because Christ made it so.
Have you embraced the truth that Christ has made you free? Why or why not?