2 Corinthians 3:17
There are many men and women living in estates and driving fancy cars that experience a life of bondage – bondage to their wealth, their fears, and their desires to constantly achieve more. These seemingly free individuals may know no true freedom within. Though they are not in physical bondage, they are locked into their wants and discover that their aching hearts cannot be salved.
In contrast, there are Christians today who are held in physical bondage yet who see themselves as free. Even though held as captives in physical prisons, they experience a spirit of freedom within. How is that possible?
It is true that freedom can be discovered in the safety of a country that offers multiple earthly freedoms. But the most beautiful freedom is found in our spirits – only acquired through the power of the Holy Spirit. That freedom was won on a stark wooden cross intended for One who was considered a criminal. The significance of that cross marked the beginning of a new freedom won only in and through the person of Jesus Christ. Because we are united to Him in and through our baptism, we can remember that His physical bondage won our salvation and enables us to shout aloud, “Let His freedom ring in me.”
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for giving Your life and breath so that I might celebrate true and lasting freedom. Amen.