Freedom is the state of being free, or not being imprisoned/cooped up. A lot of people use it on its own — “I need some freedom”, “Give me my freedom”, but the more important portion of the statement is often unsaid… freedom from what?
We must have been previously felt imprisoned by SOMETHING, for us to want freedom from it. And I think a lot of people often used it in terms of freedom from rules, from parents etc. But no matter how free you get from all these things, most of us are ultimately still enslaved by certain societal expectations — material wealth, being in a relationship, career success.
And ultimately, only God can offer us the true freedom from this world’s societal expectation, rules, and sin. He offers a different type of reward, so we can be free from idolizing money. He has a plan for our purpose in life, so we can be free from chasing career success. His love is so overwhelming, that we can be free from unhealthy desires for attention and love. He died for us and forgave us, so we can be free from sin.
But being free from societal’s rules and expectations can be scary, because what else do we have to live for then? Human can’t live entirely free, a lack or purpose or structure can be fairly aimless and confusing. It’s still a challenge for me everyday to break free from societal rules and live only according to God’s rules. It’s a struggle because some people look at you and wonder what the hell you doing. It’s tiring because you are always denying yourself the easy way out. And most of all, it’s worrying because sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it.
And of course, the answer is always a resounding yes. While I occasionally falter and give it to my sinful nature, God is graceful enough to embrace it and I think he appreciates the struggle I go through to steer myself back to the road that has freedom from the world and sin, and only has His rules.
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”– Luke 18:29–30
So what freedom are we each looking for?