Human beings today enjoy civil liberties and more possibilities than at any time in history.
But are we really being free? if not, how do you live being truly free?
Ironically, it seems that the more freedom we are entrusted with, the more we voluntarily become slaves.
Let me share with you why I think this is so.
People believe that because we are free, it’s okay to consume as much alcohol as we want and become alcoholics.
Slaves of the spirit.
People believe that because we are free, it is okay to use drugs, and we become drug addicts.
Slaves to drugs.
We believe that by being free, it’s okay to have sex with anyone as often as we want, and we become nymphomaniacs.
We believe that by being free, it’s okay to have romantic relationships with anyone as often as we want, and we become emotional dependents.
Slaves of another person, of affection, intimacy, and attention.
We believe that by being free, it’s okay to use our smartphones and social media as often as desire presents itself to us, and we become addicted to social media.
Slaves to the gratification and attention of others.
Pain relievers, antidepressants, gambling, sleep pills, gluttony.
We could go on, listing the immense amount of things to which human beings, believing ourselves to be free, have become slaves.
Most likely, if we review our life thoroughly, we will realize that we have been or are slaves to one of these things or some other thing.
So how can you live life being really free?
To answer this, I would like to use the words that Jesus once expressed to a group of people:
(…)“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
They answered him, “We (…) have never been slaves of anyone.
How can you say that we shall be set free?”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
| John 8:30-36
The reason why human beings are not really free but become slaves to so many things is that, unknowingly, we are already slaves to something.
That something is intrinsic in our nature and is there expecting to consume our life, our health, our peace, our energy, our joy, and all the really good we can experience.
But not only that, it’s there, constantly trying to deprive us of the greatest joy we could ever experience.
The joy of being close to God.
Because our condition of sin separates us from God, we are always seeking to fill that void with something, and that is why by believing ourselves to be free we become slaves.
Unknowingly, we sell our soul to the devil or the highest bidder in order to find something that makes us forget the sadness and emptiness of being far from God.
I’d like to give you some excellent news.
Jesus, the son of God, came into the world to give us freedom from sin and restore our relationship with God.
It is possible to be truly free.
If you receive the freedom that God offers you; freedom from sin, by His sacrifice on the cross, then you will experience the privilege of proximity and intimacy with God.
The exalted and wonderful light of God’s presence in your life.
That light will dispel the darkness of the night when you were previously immersed, break the chains that had you trapped, and at last, after a lifetime in captivity and bondage, you will know the truth.
And in that truth, you will be able to clearly see reality, make decisions and actions that keep you free.
Free and close to Jesus.
Following His loving advice in order for us to live a full life in Him.
And not just a full life, but an eternity of unexplained joy in his presence.
From which chains has Jesus freed you? Which ones would you like me to get rid of? Tell us in the comments.