What is Freedom?
Next to our need to be rooted in identity and purpose, freedom is a deep cry of the human heart. The spiritually blind person will give primary attention to external or civil freedom, i.e. the capacity or potential to do, perform and accomplish.
Emotional freedom is defined as without restraint, thus freedom is equated with capacity and potential.
When this philosophy is tested against reality it doesn’t take much reflection to realize that one person’s freedom is another’s prison. Gone is the sacredness of life, property, reputation and their likes.
True freedom must be defined within the context of both spirituality and community. Eyes that are open to see God’s world find a paradigm diametrically opposed to the former darkness.
In God’s World love and righteousness set the boundaries of true freedom. The natural world is the stage on which this reality plays out. This is why Jesus could walk the way to the cross abandoning civil freedom, yet remain fully free in His heart. He could forgive those who crucified Him and set an example for us to follow.
True freedom is therefore internal first, including the freedom to lay down rights. In Matthew 11:28,29 Jesus gives us a key to a life without a heavy yoke. Meekness and humility mark men and women who left a true legacy in their time. Jesus calls us to learn this from Him.
Do you want to be free? Follow Jesus!