The Messiah has truly set us free. Stand fast and stay free, and do not get bound up in slavery again
This is a glorious statement to us—Americans who have made freedom the center of our culture. But it is always a struggle because freedom assumes responsibility. Yes, we are free, but we are responsible for our actions.
Are we really free before we realize that the basic freedom is to choose the one we want to serve? You are going to serve someone. There are only two choices: Jesus or the devil. I just pray you are not so foolish as to think that serving yourself is a good idea (or even possible).
What is freedom?
Dictionary.com says philosophically that freedom is:
the power to exercise choice and make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination
It’s number 2&3 definitions are:
exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. & the power to determine action without restraint.
From what are you free?
It is much easier to slip back into legalism—a set of rules to follow where we do not have to think. Followers are much more common than leaders for this reason. If you simply do what you are told, the pressure is off.
But all of this is just a screen for what is really happening. Yes, we are free—to choose who we wish to follow. As for me, I choose to follow Jesus, my Messiah, by the power of the Holy Spirit. What about you?