I pray each of you experienced a wonderful resurrection celebration as you embrace this season of online services, video conferencing calls with family and friends, and a level of separation many have not experienced before. As we further explore the C3 April theme of “The Power of the Resurrection,” I would like to focus on walking in freedom.
The purpose of Jesus Christ going to the cross was to pay a debit of sin that we could not pay so that we could be free from the bondage of sin and walk in the freedom we were created to walk in. Freedom is God’s idea and He never intended His creation to live in bondage. However, He gave us a free-will and we can make choices that will place us in bondage or be free to walk in freedom.
The Apostle John writes in John 8:31-36 about a conversation Jesus has concerning true freedom, “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “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 are Abraham’s descendants and 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.”
I love the simplicity of Jesus’ words and how He can navigate through the religious jargon to get to the truth. He was not talking about physical slavery but spiritual bondage. Many today are free to do what they desire and would call that freedom. However, true freedom can only be experienced through the Son, Jesus Christ. Many of us never experience true freedom due to the bondage caused by poor choices.
The Bondage of Sin
The bondage of sin enslaves us with desires for wealth, security, success, acceptance, status, etc. These things in themselves are not sinful until we become enslaved to them and place them above God. Jesus tells us in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” The abundant life Jesus is talking about is realized as we walk in the freedom He provides for us.
The Apostle Paul beautifully articulates the freedom from bondage we can experience in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” When we throw off the yoke of slavery, the Holy Spirit is free to flow through us to manifest the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
The Spirit of Freedom
When we understand the true freedom we have because of what Jesus Christ has done for us, and remove the yoke of sin in our lives, the Holy Spirit is free to flow in our lives. This is the true power the Apostle Paul was describing in 2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” The result is the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5:22-25, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
One of my favorite scriptures is found in Zechariah 4:6, “So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” The power we desire to manifest as followers of Christ is not based on our wisdom or strength, but the Holy Spirit working through us to accomplish all He desires on this earth.
Walking in Freedom
Imagine what the world would look like if all of us who follow Jesus would understand the true freedom we have in Christ, make the choice to remove known sin in our lives, and purify ourselves to allow the power of the Holy Spirit to flow through us to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. The world would look completely different, and we would be able to experience the freedom we were intended to live in from the very beginning.
I pray each of you are well and walking in the freedom our Father has created you to walk in, even in these difficult times.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at email@example.com.