Is freedom a mirage?
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Is Freedom A Mirage?

Not everyone wants to be under a form of authority. People want to do what they like, and how they like it. They say it is being comfortable in their skin. That’s alright! but is that truly what freedom is? Is freedom a mirage?

Here, I want to talk about freedom through the lens of Christ, his Word.

Freedom or insanity

When you talk of freedom, people see it as being able to do what you want, at the time you want it, and how you want it.

They think freedom is not being told what to do, or being allowed to do as they like.

Does that really connote freedom or a level of insanity? Well, we would find out, still come with me.

Have you seen a mad man before? Have you watched how they act on the road? Do you see that they are completely free? Oh yes! They are. They do not take instructions. They do as they like, whenever they want to.

No matter how free you think you are, as long as you are a sane person, there are rules you must follow. if you visit a place, you must abide by the rules governing that place. If you get to a new country where they do not tolerate people littering their environment like Rwanda, you are going to have to behave yourself, or you risk being punished by their government. You have to obey their laws for as long as you want to stay there.

Do we still say freedom is a mirage?

What freedom is?

Freedom is not what many people think it is.

True freedom is the ability to choose what enslaves you. Freedom without rule is a vice, it becomes a wrong doing.

What freedom looks like should be your ability to subject yourself to some kind of bondage. You don’t do any and every thing that pops up in your mind because of the constraint you have. You consciously subject yourself to being a slave of something.

That you are able to put yourself under the leadership of someone and abide by their rules is a type of freedom. You choose to stay in a place and agree to obey their rules and regulations. You don’t break their laws and act anyhow because you would face that consequences, if broken.

I was reading through Romans 6:16-18 and verse 16 says “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey–whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (NIV)

Romans 6:17- “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted

Romans 6:18- “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness

The Christian and their freedom

And as a Christian, you’re choosing to subject yourself to the leadership of Christ and follow his bidding. You’re not doing what you want to do, but what Christ wants of you.

When we become the captive slaves of Jesus Christ, we find liberty in that captivity. This is a paradox, but not a contradiction, because Christ’s slaves are “sons of God… heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” -Romans 8:14-17.

So, Christ led captivity captive in Ephesians 4:8 in that God “rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” -Colossians 1:12-14.

Where do you stand?

You can choose to be a slave of wisdom, you can choose to be a slave of divine counsel, you can choose to be a slave of righteousness, embracing the restraints in Christ because that is where we find our true expression. Watch this video for a more beautiful perspective to the subject of this post: Is freedom a mirage?

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