I’m sure many of us have come across one person or another who likes to rant about their freedom.
“I’m a free moral agent, I’m free do what I want to do, when I want to do it and how I want to do it, nobody, nobody tells me what to do and that includes you!”
Sounds good, especially if they’ve worked themselves up into a frenzy and are pouncing around like a tiger newly released from its cage.
One gets the impression they are desperate for freedom and are hoping that if they make enough noise and trouble someone will cut them loose.
The onlookers are also willing freedom on them, for if someone at that precise moment should indeed question their freedom the tiger may decide to bite and no-one wants that now, do they?
What is Freedom?
But what is freedom? The dictionary defines freedom as:
- The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint
- Exemption from external control, interference, regulation etc.
- The power to determine action without restraint
- Political or national independence
- Personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery.
So if we live in a country that is politically free, we aren’t in jail and are not beholden to anyone are we free? Can we do whatever we like without restraint? I don’t think so.
If we put our music on full blare at two in the morning we’re likely to get a visit from the cops and if we make a habit of going over the speed limit on the highway our freedom to drive will probably be taken away.
So our freedom seems to be relative, it’s dependent on the laws of the land. For instance there are a number of countries especially in Europe where public nudity is not illegal e.g. Spain and Germany. Of course the authorities are not expecting you to be on ‘Main Street’ in the middle of town baring all, it’s more to do with the beaches and those looking to sun tan without pantie lines. In other words, yea, you’re free to go naked but please do so ‘responsibly’. We see that ‘relative freedom’ all over again.
Depression, anxiety and fear are ways in which our minds hold us captive.
We are free moral agents, but we are unable to stand up to that bully of a manager and get what rightfully belongs to us.
We are free moral agents that lay awake at night fretting about everything imaginable, things that might happen and things that will probably never happen.
We are free moral agents but we are unable to shake-off that sad feeling of gloom and doom. We wilfully confine ourselves to our houses instead of going outside and enjoying the sunshine because our minds hold us hostage and play games with us.
So just how free are we in this life?
How many of us are truly living ‘the dream’? The dream in my estimation is a carefree life. Not a careless live, but a live free from unnecessary cares and worries.
In Luke chapter 12 Jesus urges us to live a life free of worries He encourages us to observe the ravens or take a leaf out of the lily’s book:
“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
Luke 12verse 27
True freedom comes when we hand our lives over to the Lord; that is why He said in His Word:
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 8 verse 32
The truth is that salvation is in Jesus and in Him alone (Acts4:12)
When we embrace His salvation and hand the totality of who we are over to Him, He gives to us all that we need, He takes care of us so we don’t have to carry the cares.
We give Him our worries, our fears and concerns. He gives us peace, joy and a heart filled with His love that enables us to enjoy life to the full.
When someone else is taking ‘care’ we have the freedom to live life to the full.
We will not need to throw a tantrum, to rant and scream for the chains to be removed. We will just bask in all that the Lord has done, is doing and will continue to do for us.
Because: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
I urge you to embrace true freedom; I urge you to embrace Jesus who can truly set you free!
See you soon LolaA