What do you think of when you hear the word “freedom”?
The word “freedom” means different things to different people, but in most cases, people use freedom to mean they are free to do as they please. For most, it means they are free to live as they want. But this is not the kind of freedom that the Bible talks about. What most people refer to as absolute freedom is freedom that destroys absolutely.
In the Christian sense, being free literally means not being bound by actions, habits, and choices that are a result of sin. So, while the world may use the word “freedom” to denote freedom to do anything a person wants, we as Christians use the same word to mean we are free from the grip of sin and death.
Jesus sets us free from sin and at the same time enables us to lead a life of righteousness. Our freedom in Christ not only gives us a reason but the strength to say no to ungodly thoughts and deeds. Our freedom in Christ means we are no longer the slaves to sin but slaves to righteousness.
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. — Romans 6:18
The amazing thing about being slaves to righteousness is that it comes with the rewards of holiness and eternal life. Paul continues
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. — Romans 6:22
Christ has set us free not only now but for eternity.
How do you view being free in Christ? Are there areas in your life where you are abusing your “freedom” to do what you want?
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your saving grace. I pray that You will help me as I purpose to be a slave to righteousness and not a slave to sin. Help me to be addicted to You rather than to the desires of the flesh. In Jesus’ name, Amen.