What true freedom looks like
The area where I live celebrated yesterday. After months of lockdowns due to the Covid-19 pandemic, restrictions were eased and people could do things once again which they had previously taken for granted. I was shocked to see lines outside the barber shop. At one barber, 10 people queued outside waiting to get their lockdown locks tidied up. In other shops people wandered aimlessly, like they had simply forgotten how to buy things in store after months of shopping online.
It was a surreal experience but one that's completely understandable. Having been cooped up for an extended period of time, people simply wanted to get out and enjoy their freedom. But, while easing of restrictions is definitely something to celebrate, it’s important to remember that our freedom is not found in government policy, it’s not found at the end of a needle and it’s not found with the lifting of a lockdown.
Our freedom is found in Jesus and the truth of God’s Word. As John 8:32 says “For if you embrace the truth, it will release true freedom into your lives.” And that truth is that you have always been free, ever since Jesus hung on the cross and sacrificed his life for yours. The question we need to ask is, have we been walking in that freedom over the last few months?
The answer depends on how close you have been to Jesus during this challenging season we have navigated. If you have been distant from Him and absorbed in the alarming messages of this world, then likely the last few months have been quite challenging and you have felt not only physically locked down, but perhaps spiritually as well.
But if you have really pushed in and spent time with Jesus, if you have feasted on the life-giving truth of His words, then you would likely have experienced the freedom we find in a verse like 2 Corinthians 3:17 “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
So as more of our physical freedoms slowly return over the next few weeks and months, let’s enjoy them and be thankful for them. But let’s also remind ourselves that true, everlasting freedom can never be taken away from us. The simple truth is that we have already been set free, because true freedom is only found in Jesus.
I pray and hope that everyday we gain more clarity and a deeper understanding of the freedom that is afforded to us as children of God.