All of us desire to be free, but each of us seeks out that freedom in different ways. Most people think that being free is being able to do whatever they want whenever they want. So there lies the question: What do we want? For some of us, getting what we want will bring a sense of fulfillment. Yet for others: discouragement and dissatisfaction. So if getting what we want doesn't guarantee happiness, we can conclude that itís not what we want that makes us happy, as much as wanting the right things.
How many people have been slaves to the very thing they thought would make them free? So if being free is greatly gaged by our ability to choose, we can see how important the things we believe in really are. A good example in Godís word is in the verse"and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free". We find there weíre given something to believe in. Whether we choose to believe in it or not is up to us. The truth doesn't change whether we believe it or not. But the truth can change us if we believe. The power of freedom starts in the mind.
We all have the opportunity to choose right from wrong, good from bad, and truth from lie. It isnít always easy choosing freedom. It takes a brave heart to seek out the truth, and then decide to follow it no matter what. Peace and contentment does not come from doing whatever feels right in the moment. It comes from the certainty of knowing whatís right before hand, and doing it instead of what we might be tempted to do in the moment. Thatís true freedom. Those that follow their convictions- that fight for what they believe in- every victory is sweet for them, and there is no sorrow in that. Each of us that do that will live and die free. We'll know we fought the good fight, we ran the race, and we finished well. So we can ask ourselves is our freedom worth it. Because itís not just the ability to choose that makes us free. Itís our convictions that determine the choices we make, that decide our destiny. You wouldn't expect yourself to fly a plane, without studying how to fly it first. You wouldn't expect the outcome of flying a plane to turn out well if you didn't know how to fly it. You may be able to take the controls in your hands, but you still wouldn't feel very free when the plane crashed to the ground.
I think we can all agree that having freedom is good, but we also would agree that the outcome of what we do has a lot to do with how we feel about that freedom. Itís our job (if we want to be free) to know what to believe in. To have conviction for what we believe in. There lies the answer to true freedom. Itís in knowing that we can make the choices that truly make us free. Not only will we have had the freedom to make our choices, but we will have enjoyed the outcome of the choices we made.
Copyright 2012 Paul E. Maguire
Scripture reference: John 8:32 ASV "and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free."/ 2 Timothy 4:7 ASV "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith:"
2 Corinthians 5:17 ASV "Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things
are passed away; behold,they are become new."/ 2 Timothy 2:15 ASV "Give diligence to present thyself approved
unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth"
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