Psalm 119:44-45, “I will always obey your law, forever and ever. 45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.“
Sometimes, I hear people complain about how confining the restrictions are which Jesus puts on our lives. People who feel the Bible inhibits them from fun, from expression, and from freedom of choice; however, such a thought process is actually just the opposite of following Christ.
Romans 6:17 tells us, “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance.”
The word “slave” doesn’t sound like freedom to me. When I think of the word slave, I see chains, bondage, sweat, and tears. I see individuals who are not individuals but owned as livestock and herded from place to place. I see desperation and grief.
Charles Spurgeon wrote, “The way of holiness is not a track for slaves, but the King’s Highway for freemen.”
Obeying the laws God has set before us allows us the freedom to be the people God intended for us to be, giving us an open door to paradise.
As Americans, we value our freedoms. From the authors of the First Amendment we are guaranteed freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, and freedom to petition the government for redress. These guidelines, these parameters, these structured laws have given us something no other country has as fully as we do – FREEDOM.
Spiritual freedom is like skydiving. Have you ever wanted to jump from an airplane? At 13,000 feet the skydiver will have 60 seconds of free-falling fun, breath taking views, and pure thrill! At 2500 feet the diver will pull the parachute and guide the ropes to land safely on the landing pad. To jump without the parachute would mean death – you might get 60 seconds of pure exhilaration, but when the minute is up, the ground is going to come pretty fast and hard.
Freedom comes when what we desire to do comes to fruition through the ability to do it, by a given opportunity, which will leave us with no regrets or harm.
Living under the obedience and guidelines of God gives us the freedom to live abundantly.
John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Study the Word. Know what His guidelines are for your best life. And live life freedom under His protection.