Freedom isn’t Free

 I once spent a night in jail. I was young, dumb, and in the wrong place at the wrong time. I found myself accused of trying to steal a car, something I lacked the skill or experience to even attempt trying. Nonetheless, I found myself behind bars for one night. The next morning I was released, they had captured the actual culprit, and I was amazed at how much I appreciated being out that building after only about 8 hours of imprisonment. Paul spent quite a bit of time in prison, of course his reasons for being locked up were vastly more noble than my own, and I would imagine he truly appreciated his freedom whenever he was released. I would go so far as to say he was an expert at “becoming free”. Paul was set free by judges, government officials, an earthquake, and angels. His life may have ended while under house arrest but his soul and spirit were never in chains after he met Jesus on that dusty road to Damascus. Paul explains our Christian responsibility as free children of God in 1 Corinthians 10:23, ““I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive”. Being saved by the sacrifice of Jesus and free from sin’s hold on us does not mean we can do things that make others stumble in their belief. Our freedom is a gift that we must use to bring others closer to God, through seeing our own relationship with Jesus. We must do what will be beneficial to the Church and the lost (v. 33). For since we are no longer imprisoned by the chains of sin in the World we are called to help free others through our faith and our actions. That is the key to freedom, Jesus paid for our freedom so that we can show others that he paid for their freedom too.

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