Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom - 2 Cor 3:17.
One this day where America celebrates its freedom from England, I am reminded of a bumper sticker that I saw one day. It said "Freedom is not free." I pondered those words and how it resonated with me and I realize the truth behind it. Freedom does come with a cost. There a number of instances in our country's history where pursuing freedom came with a cost.
In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama and it was the start of the civil rights movement. Her actions inspired countless others to risk their livelihood and in some cases, their lives, in the pursuit of freedom.
More recently with the war on terror that has taken in foreign countries and here domestically, we realize that freedom is not free and it comes with a cost. Countless servicemen have stood in harms way in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations around the globe protecting our freedom. There are often times that we don't realize the ramifications of pursuing freedom and confronting the things that bind us and the changes that it might bring. We have to face our fears and weigh out the positive benefits that occur as a result of the things that have us in a stranglehold.
Men, what is it that you desire freedom from? Is it lust, jealousy, or envy? Is it the desire to break free from damaging relationships, financial bondage or unhealthy lifestyles? What will it take for you to face the giants in your life and move toward the exhilarating feeling that comes with freedom? Be forewarned, experiencing freedom comes at a cost. You may lose "friends", respect of coworkers, or isolation from family. But as the scripture of the start of this posts states, where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. That is your starting point in confronting whatever it is that's holding you captive. It begins with a relationship with Christ. You don't have to be perfect to start the relationship, the key is you just have to start. If you don't know where or how to start, please reach out to someone that you respect and will point you in the right direction. If you don't know someone, please feel free to contact us.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.