By Pastor Christopher Ek
As people we value freedom and our ability to choose. I am currently living with a three year old that is constantly testing her freedom and ability to choose. She is beginning to press the issue on how much freedom she really has. She is testing: Do I have a choice in my dinner or do I have to eat whatever Mom serves? She is testing: Can I decide when I go to bed? She is testing: Can I just watch a show whenever I want? As parents we know the testing will only get more complicated in the next many years (we are very excited about that).
This tension of freedom and choice increases and expands as we get older and will often include other authorities, government, and relationships. This week a tweet came from Erwin McManus who speaks to this issue. He writes: “We are more concerned with the freedom to choose than in making choices that set us free.” @erwinmcmanus
We do need to be concerned with our freedom of choice, but so much more important is our ability to make choices that set us free. In Galatians Paul writes: “You, my brothers and sisters were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh (those parts of life apart from God.); rather serve one humbly in love.” –Galatians 5:13.
Do your choices continually set you free or do your decisions bind you in consequences that are anything but free? In this age of information abundance, wisdom needs to take a new priority in our lives. In the book of James, James invites us to a life of wisdom. “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” –James 3:17. Decisions that set us free will be focused on purity, peace, consideration of others, submission, mercy and good fruit. When our decisions lead us to those things, those will be freedom-creating decisions in our lives.
When we make decisions that set us free, not only will we grow with God, live with each other better, but we will be more equipped to engage in the hot button issues of freedom and limits that are all around us.
As you make decisions this week ask yourself: Does this decision set me free? Will I be freer to love others? Will I be freer to be generous with my possessions? Will I be freer to tell the truth because I have nothing to hide? Will I be freer from anxiety (due to my right decision.)? Will I be freer to serve? We have been given freedom, but use that freedom to make decisions that set you free.