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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Finding Freedom

In the middle of all that seems to be dividing us, mankind has one thing in common. It is an inherent yearning for freedom and liberty. The desire to live life the way we want has always been a pursuit of mankind. The feeling we will never attain the freedom or liberty we seek is natural.

The problem with “finding freedom” is we tend to look for it in all the wrong places. In fact, freedom is elusive because it cannot be found in a place, a person, or an individual pursuit.

True freedom can only be found in Christ. You see, Jesus came to provide us the opportunity to attain both freedom and liberty when He sacrificed Himself on the Cross.

His life was given so we could be free. Jesus’ invitation to accept Him as Lord and Savior is how we can receive this freedom.

Why do so many refuse this invitation?

I believe this is where we as Christ followers come in. It is our lives that reflect Jesus. Yes even, and perhaps especially when we are not living those lives well. Here is where we must constantly reassess how we are doing in the reflection we are giving.

Are we telling people what to do and how to live a life we cannot live ourselves? Have we set ourselves up as the ones people should follow instead of Jesus? Each one of us must answer these questions on our own. But it should be freeing to realize we will fall woefully short if we are the measure others should aspire to.

“Finding freedom” will not be found in what we do, it will only be found in who we know.

Although, as Paul states, “all things are permissible, not all things are beneficial”. We must be aware of how our choices can affect the choices someone else may make.

To be truly free we must allow our faith in Jesus to remove the shackles and chains that come from a lifetime of concerns about ourselves. Then, we must let the freedom we have found in Him be the catalyst to the freedom others are seeking.

“Finding freedom” can only be found when someone finds Jesus. The question is can they find Him by looking at us?

Galatians 5:13, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”

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