Is Freedom Free?

July 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Devotions, Family

By Jarrod Spencer –

Most of us have seen a phrase that closely resembles this…Freedom Isn’t Free. Around that phrase you will typically find a picture of someone who has spared their life so we could be free – most often a patriotic picture of a soldier.

You could take that phrase and apply it to Jesus by thinking of Him as giving his life for our freedom. But, in order for something to be free, a price had to be paid at some point. When you think about freebies you receive at a fair, the sponsor had to pay for it in order to give it away. So, is freedom really free?

I am going to go in a different direction and say that freedom is free. Specifically, freedom in Christ. It is free to you to take advantage of. It is free to you to decide whether or not you are a going to commit. Like a piece of money that you see on the ground, you decide whether or not you are going to pick it up or leave it there.

When we lived in Illinois, our church had a once-a-week preschool. When I moved there we charged $10.00 per child for the whole year. Ridiculously cheap!  Sometimes, things are so cheap that we cannot find the value in it.

When it came to our preschool, it was probably so cheap that some people that were not familiar with it may not have noticed the value. If it would have cost $10.00 per month, at least, maybe it would have felt like there was more value in it. So, not everyone took advantage of this opportunity.

But, what about that money on the ground referred to above? If you decide not to pick it up, someone else will do it. Someone else is going to take advantage of gaining a bit of wealth. When it comes to a freedom that is found in Christ, if you don’t take advantage of it, it is your loss.

Unlike our American freedom, which once we are born, we possess it. However, Christian freedom is a choice; to take advantage of that freedom, someone has to act, to accept it.

Is freedom free?  In this case, YES!  The real question is, have you or will you take advantage of acquiring freedom in Christ?

PRAYER: Victorious Father, I am thankful for the freedom that we have in America, along with the freedom that I have in Christ. May I use these freedoms to Your glory as I go about my life sharing You with others.

BIBLE VERSE: Galatians 5:1 Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. (MSG)

 

About Jarrod Spencer

Today’s devotional is by Jarrod Spencer. He is a seeker of God’s surprises in everyday life. He has a passion for encouraging people through the written word. You can read more of his writings at http://jarrodspencer.blogspot.com and visit his church’s website at www.colbychurch.com.

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