I’ve been thinking a good deal on what freedom is, and have come to the conclusion that freedom is living by love. Our love is our defining quality. We are defined as the image of God, and children of God, and this God is love.
Love is our truest self. It is our original form. Sin is a horrible add-on, and nothing sinful defines us any more than cancer defines the human body. Being true to yourself is living by and nurturing the love in you. As the cancer and the healthy body are enemies, where the service of one hurts the other; so too is the sinful self and the image of God. The image of God, our true selves, will be tortured when sin is served, but when God is being served, sin is being put to death.
You cannot be lost and free. If you do not know the way, the availability of many ways is useless. Jesus is the way. Live in him, and as he did.
Some say being free is about not living for others. I disagree, because my love, makes me live for others.
However, I agree that we are not free until we are true to ourselves. That means not lying about yourself, what you like, how you feel and what you believe, no matter what you‘ll miss out on. To pretend to be something you’re not for some gain, is to sell yourself, and so be a slave. Even if you are totally honest with some, you will be a slave around the others. If what you are is controlled by the wants of others, they own you.
The strange thing is that disowning yourself, dying to self, and being a slave to God are major new testament themes, as well as being made free in Christ. And they aren’t in contention! We are free from sin, to live as slaves to God, as we truly desire!
Disowning self and dying to self means sacrificing all we have to God who lives within us. You aren’t free until you’re willing to give up all but the aim of your freedom. The aim of our freedom is God. If anyone demands your everything, you are their slave. So freedom in God, is slavery to God and vice-versa! We are slaves to God BECAUSE we are FREE IN GOD!
Can I hear a hallelujah! (Roughly translated that is “lets party with God!“)
‘according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, and in all freedom, as always, also now Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death.’
1Corinthians 1:20 (while in chains for the gospel)
God bless you. I began this post with a small idea of freedom, and finished with a big idea of freedom and slavery to God! Thank you.
God bless you again.