"All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honour, duty, mercy, hope." – Sir Winston Churchill.
Some songs stay in your mind, deep in the recesses of hidden chambers. One such song is Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee.” A school friend recorded the album for me on a cassette tape and I spent many hours playing it over and over again. When I hear anyone mention or use the word “freedom” almost immediately I start listening to the song again in my mind. Especially the words, “Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose, And nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free.”
Freedom conjures up a mixture of meanings and emotions. For most of us trapped in a world of rules and regulations, laws and restraint, it is that feeling of living and existing without any restriction or control. The right that each of us feel we should have to act as we choose without being confined or held down. Freedom from any form of slavery brings release and fulfilment. In the words of Kris Kristofferson, “Freedom just another word for nothing left to lose,” to be able to be free to have nothing to lose, you have got to leave all that holds you back behind, you might have nothing but at least you will have your freedom.
For those that receive Christ and accept his provision of forgiveness, freedom is an amazing reality, it is a relationship with a glorious God, and it is a breaking free of all the bondage of the Old Covenant Law and the regulations that went with it.
God in Christ paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We have been released from the oppression of sin and we have been given a new holy nature, the old sinful nature has been nailed to the cross and died with Christ. We have been raised into a new, vibrant life with God the Father, Christ and the Holy Spirit living inside and interwoven into us.
We are free because we have died and Christ now lives and works through us.
We are loved by God, and he wants us to be intoxicated, wooed, overwhelmed, drunk with his love so that we spill out his love in every moment and to every person we met. The Father is delighted with us and desires us to enjoy the wonders of his grace and the revelation of all that was purchased for us at the cross.
We must never let anything or anyone bring us back into bondage again.