(Bible quotations are from the NIV unless otherwise stated)
Freedom - Part 2
26th June 2009
Last week's column was about freedom. I think I need to say a bit more about this before we move on. I wrote about what real freedom is, and now I want to write about how to live in real freedom.
The first thing to understand is that we can’t be free from all influence, we have to choose.
We can be slaves of sin, or we can be slaves of righteousness – servants of God. Or we can compromise – shuttling back and forth between the two. That is a miserable way to live.
Jesus explained how to find real freedom - real life. He said we need to stop trying to look after ourselves, and follow him unreservedly:
The Greek word translated as "life" here is psyche. It's often translated as "soul" or "heart". It mean the real you - who you are inside.
Who are you really?
You can only find out by following Jesus, giving up your own attempts to justify yourself, and to defend yourself, and trusting God to grow you, so you can become what you have the potential to become, and live as you really are.
True freedom is freedom from sin:
Living for yourself, for pleasure, or money, or reputation or power, diminishes your psyche.
Following Jesus, taking up your cross day by day, living a life of obedience and service, expands your psyche - it grows you as a person.
Then you can know real life.
It’s actually impossible to make a sacrifice for Jesus, because he always give back more than you give him. Jesus said:
We can feel like we’ve given everything up for Him, but we’re guaranteed to get much more back – both in this life and in heaven.
We become slaves of God, and it sets us free! Free to be the people God designed us to be!