It is only when one is fully liberated.  When there is an absence of bondage.   Lifted from the pit of darkness.  Setting a flame to what once was null and void.  Joy complete, now in place of what was once, brokenness.  Hope instead of hopelessness.  Peace passing all understanding of circumstance. From soiled, corrupted, and used to a clean, pure, and fresh slate.  A debt paid in full.  A victorious, “It is finished.”

Obtaining freedom, true freedom is like receiving life for the first time.  A heart that once felt empty and dark now feels alive and on the move.  A broken spirit becomes a joyful one overflowing onto ones face.  Beauty falls onto the faces of those who find it.  One feels physically lighter as if a physical weight has been lifted off their shoulders.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Sprit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

So if we are saved, we’ve submitted for the LORD to be LORD of our lives.  Then His Holy Spirit is alive in us.  Where His Spirit is there is freedom.  So we carry freedom within us.  True freedom.

In Galatians 5:13 Paul says that we are called to freedom and that we are to use our freedom through love serving one another.

In doing so, the Church, the Body of Christ, can transform the world around them, a population, an entire generation.  As sons and daughters of the God Almighty, heirs to the throne, friends of Christ and vessels used by the Holy Spirit we are called into action to carry true freedom through serving one another in love.  In doing so, with every moment of interaction, of loving service, we through God’s love and opportunity will bring true freedom to a dead, empty, dark, broken, ugly, and heavy hearted world.

That true freedom is Jesus.

And He is the gift to those who will have Him.

John 3:16-17 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

It’s a simple truth.  When was the last time you carried freedom into the world around you?

(I dedicate today’s blog to my father-in-law, Pete, who continues to inspire me and encourage me.)