“If anyone is in Christ, he is free indeed.”
Part of mankind bearing the imago dei is that we feel the need, the necessity of freedom. We celebrate freedom, we write stories, books, songs, and plays about it. But, much as we say we love it, in the end we seem to be slaves to something.
As I have noted before, it is easy to become a slave to our work, to our hobbies, to our desires, even to our children. The enslavement is subtle and easy. The quest for freedom indeed, is neither.
How do we escape this bondage? It seems to me that this is ONLY possible when we make ourselves slaves of the Christ. Only by voluntary indenturedness can we achieve true freedom. When we are sold out to Christ, we have NOTHING left to lose, we have no one to whom we owe allegiance, and nothing captures our lives.
This freedom is challenging, and we have to pursue it anew each day… or at least that’s how it’s looking to me. When I can give myself totally over to G^d’s will, when I seek nothing more than “Well done thou good and faithful servant”, when “this world has nothing for me”, then, and only then, am I totally free.
And, even knowing this, sometimes I am free, and sometimes not so much.