Christianity, in addition to a position of power, it is one of liberty; the state of freedom – the status of not being imprisoned or enslaved. It is the kind of freedom money can’t buy. Our own righteousness can’t earn it. Social prestige can’t help us acquire it. Morality can’t purchase it. It is, as Isaiah said, “without money and without price.”
John F. Kennedy said, “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.”
As Christians though, our kind of freedom is one that we could never afford to pay for. Lacking the power and means to pay for our freedom, Jesus arrived on the scene and did for us what we could not do. He paid the penalty for our sins, thus freeing us from condemnation. Even though our freedom (salvation) was obtained only through the costliest sacrifice ever made, He freely gave it to us.
Consequently, our purchase by the Blood of the Lamb has liberated us from bondage and elevated us to this status of freedom. We did not provide the purchase price ourselves (1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23 NIV). The price was far too high for us.
For us, to be free means to willingly surrender and be in submission to Christ – not the enemy. However, far too many times the liberated have failed to exercise this freedom hence siding with their captor rather than their Liberator. The Bible tells us to “Stand firm and not let ourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1NIV).
Christian freedom begins from the inside out; it means receiving a new nature that institutes an internal transformation of behavior rather than an external regulation of behavior. We cannot earn God’s favor through our behavior or adherence to the Law. In trying to do so, we will lose sight of the liberating nature of Christ’s work upon that cross, of the salvation that is received only in Christ through faith thus remain in slavery.
True freedom which is born from faith in Jesus Christ is our rightful possession in Christ and it releases us from bondage to sin, death, and the enemy of our souls. It includes both what Christ has done for us in freeing us from bondage to the world and also how we are called to live the Christian life. Christ did not set us free so that we could serve ourselves but so that we might give our lives in ministry to those we come across.
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13 NLT)
Dee Kyalo is the author of Crushing Invisible Barriers and Looking Up . Check out the cool reviews and ‘like’ us on Facebook! Both books are available here now.