“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” vs. 36
We all yearn for freedom! Early on in our lives, chafing under real and imagined parental oppression, we begin to look forward to the day when we will be free of all restraint and able to do as we please every moment of every day. We’ll do as we please when we want and our lives will be full of pleasure and joy. And then we leave home…and make the sad discovery that freedom is more elusive than we had ever dreamed. Forces beyond our control exert influences in relationships and jobs…and doing as we please regularly brings disaster. Even when we think we’re free our enemy sin, with all its passions and desires, subjects us to a slavery from which we cannot escape. Jesus tells us that the path to true freedom lies in submission to the One who offers forgiveness. In Matthew 11:29 he says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me…and I will give you rest.” As we become subject to Jesus we are bound to goodness…and we learn the joy that comes from being a servant. In that gentle bondage our souls are set free and we discover the peace that comes as a gift of the Spirit. Boundless liberty breeds discontent; bound service brings love and contentment.
Thought for the Day: Why do rivers have banks?