Today, we are bombarded by strong messages about freedom and how to obtain it. Whether we’re watching TV, listening to the radio, scrolling through social media, or reading the news, the message is consistent: The heart of freedom in the world is about making our own way, living life on our terms and without constraints.
Yet in order to be free as the world understands it, we must be in control—we have to be the supreme being directing our life. There’s one enormous problem with this: We’re human. And in our humanity, which is complicated by a tendency to sin, we can’t see objectively. Our vision is clouded by biases and desires and an abundance of pride.
The Lord tells us that to be truly liberated, we must submit to Him. (See Rom. 6:20-23) He says that if we willingly give up our life, we’ll find the freedom and fullness we’ve always longed to experience. A freedom that will last forever.
Think about it
- How has the world’s definition of freedom impacted your life? Can you see its influence in your choices?
- Which aspects of life do you try hardest to control? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything you’re afraid to release to God.
And that’s the memo.
By Charles Stanley and InTouch Devotional