“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5:1)
Here’s some quick thoughts I’ve had on freedom…
As I write this, the nation has already celebrated the honorable sacrifices of countless thousands who believed in the ultimate mission of freedom. Among their number, my dad lived, fought, and died. Although my fatherless life has suffered in a myriad of ways…because of his sacrifice, I understand better, especially now, this gift for which my father lived and died.
My thoughts on the matter are simple: freedom is meaningless without cost. It is not realized without chains. It is not felt without resistance. It cannot be defined by governments. Regardless of the soil upon which we stand, or the flag under which we live, our freedom finds meaning because we choose to resist anything that would impose an identity that was not intended by our creator and marked upon our soul.
Truly, our freedom finds meaning as it is resisted.
We must understand, true liberty defines itself not by another’s consent or a government’s declaration, but within our hearts. Freedom transcends a national agreement. It’s a knowledge. It’s a mindset. It’s the ability to say, “No,” to one thing in order to pursue that which is better. Our freedom is independence from dependence upon another’s imposed beliefs or opinions. We are free because we know who we are and to whom we are responsible.
Simply put, freedom is the determination to say, “Yes,” to all we believe we’re meant to pursue. It’s not discovered in the ease of life. It’s not granted by policy, polity, nor a gift that another hands us. A freed soul simply knows oneself and courageously pursues their God-given story.
All of us bear this responsibility to live life to the fullest where we’re planted. The soil or circumstance does not matter. As our Lord said, “The enemy comes to kill, steal, and destroy. I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10, NIV) In life, you will be resisted. You will feel hindered. You may even have to fight for your freedom. BUT, we are walking under the life-giving shadow of all those that sacrificed their lives before us, especially, the Son of God. As the Word says, “It is for freedom that Christ set us free.” (Galatians 5:1) Do not squander this gift because of any supposed encumbrances imposed by circumstance or evil.
If you dare to believe it, you are already free. So, live! You’ve already won through Christ.
There is only the pursuit.