This verse from John 8 is one of my favorites in the whole Bible! In it, Jesus makes it plain what the path to real freedom looks like. Simply put, it’s only when the knowledge of God’s truth is intentionally applied to our lives that we begin to experience real freedom. Put another way, we must know what God says on a matter and respond in obedience in order to experience His freedom. Sounds counterintuitive, no?
Contrary to popular opinion, “freedom” is not being able to do what we want, whenever we feel so inclined. No, that’s a deceptive form of spiritual bondage where the world tells us that we are “free,” all the while we are thoroughly shackled in the chains of our appetites and desires. In fact, there’s a word for this lifestyle – hedonism – and it is very dangerous to the body, soul, and spirit. If we live only to gratify ourselves, then we will likely die pursuing such selfish ways, too. No thanks! 🤭
I believe that God’s way is much simpler, and makes a lot more sense. “Follow Me,” the Lord says, “and leave your worries behind you. Life will certainly have its ups and downs, but I’ll always be there to show you the way. You can relax, refer to the Atlas I’ve given you [the Bible], and trust My plan – now and for eternity.”
I don’t know about you, but that promise sounds a whole lot better, no? I’d rather be wealthy by God’s standards – laying up treasures in heaven, where we’ll spend eternity anyway! – rather than clinging to the fleeting (and ultimately unsatisfying) riches of this world.
The way that I see it, at the end of the day, we have two choices:
- Seek the wisdom of ✝️
- Seek the wisdom of the 🌎
So whom are you following, really? Remember: only one road leads to true freedom.