Free – Quinn G. Caldwell
Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "if you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." They answered him, "we are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘you will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, "very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin." John 8:31-34
Two what are you enslaved? What forces, institutions, people direct your energy and productivity without your consent? What are the drives, the needs, the addictions that control who you are and what you do? From what do you long to be free?
Jesus says that the truth of God as revealed in him has the power to free us from sin. I believe that to be true? But I think Jesus was being a little too modest. I think the truth of God in Christ has the power not just the free us from sin, which is anything that separates us from God. I think it also has the power to free us from that which separates us from ourselves, and from one another, things like addiction, and over-consumption, and fear – – not since, exactly, but forces that enslave, nevertheless.
One of the ways God sets this power free in the world is the church. In the church at its imperfect best, we are reminded by good people as fragile and messed up as we are of our heritage as beloved children of the Creator of the Universe, heirs to the promise of God. We are reminded that God longs to be in control of our lives, and that we will be better – – and freer – – if we let that happen.
PRAYER: God, thank you for the church. Through it and in it, give me the strength to ask for the freedom I need, and the grace to accept it. Amen.
God Is Still Speaking: 365 Daily Devotionals, ed. Christina Villa (Cleveland: The Pilgrim Press, 2013), 29.