Could you imagine if one day a fish decided he was fed up of the limitations of water and wanted to be free from it? Or if a tree decided it had enough of remaining in the soil and decided to uproot itself?
Sometimes our perspective of freedom is equally foolish. We must recognise that true freedom is not being total independence to do what we want but rather finding our place and purpose in God. It is all about being all that God created you to be, and it is all about remaining on the perfect course He has planned for you.
A train, for example, is only free so long as it remains on its tracks. If a train jumped the tracks, it becomes “free” of the rails but is no longer free in the most meaningful sense of the world. It becomes no more than a liberated wreck. It no longer can go anywhere. Outside of Christ, we are equally nothing more than liberated wrecks.
The Bible teaches us that true freedom is not more choice or lack of constraint, but living the life that we are meant to live. We were created in the image of God and to enjoy fellowship with God.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Just like a fish out of water and a tree out of its soil is destined to die, human existence without God only leads to death. People search everywhere for the meaning of life, but without submitting to the lordship of Jesus, we can never really enjoy the life God wants us to live.
In creation, we discover that God created each thing for a specific environment. Each organism fails to thrive outside of the ecosystem for which it was created. Imagine a penguin walking around in the desert or a man in a shoe shop. We were made to be ‘In Christ.’ The only way for us to thrive in life is to be found in Him.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10
Would you say you are living the life that God wanted you to live? If not, what could be hindering you?
Lord, help me to discover my true purpose in life and lead me in paths of righteousness; that I may walk not after my own wisdom but after your counsel. In Jesus’ name, Amen.