The Truth About Freedom

John 8:31, 32
​It is no small assumption that every human being wants to be free. Every person born came into this world with the gift of free will. Simply put, each man, woman, boy or girl is responsible to choose. No one is exempt from this responsibility. Each and every day everyone is challenged with choices and each choice made has the capacity to impact the future. As a result, one may conclude that choices are not only important, but also each choice has the potential to result in freedom or in bondage. It clearly depends on the choices each one makes.
 
God created mankind, male and female, in His own image and likeness.  Man is a moral being.  He is a moral being because his Creator is a moral God. This is a fundamental truth and must be acknowledged by every living being. What makes a choice a choice is the revelation that every decision involves options such as good or bad, right or wrong, or what is beneficial or non-beneficial. Whether it is understood or not every choice made is innately attached to freedom or to bondage. The Bible says it this way: “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live—and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” (Deut. 30:19, 20).
 
From these few verses it is implied that God, the Creator of all things, has determined that every living person is responsible to choose according to what has been set before him or her. According to God, the choices can be summarized as representing life or death, blessings or curses, or the discernment to know what is beneficial verses what is not. Each one of these options is not limited to the moment or to the temporary. In contrast, they supersede the present moment regardless of the situation or circumstance and have a greater impact upon one’s future. The choices made today determine the options one will have or not have in the future.
 
In closing, the focus must be on what is important or appropriate. Sometimes man focuses more on the choice (the right or ability to choose) rather than the options requiring a choice in the first place. This is dangerous because the option chosen always validate the choice made. In other words, one can make a choice but not experience the freedom they so desperately are seeking for.  Thus it becomes imperative that freedom is the result of making correct choices. Jesus provides the one making the choice with insight when it comes to making correct choices. John writes in his Gospel, chapter 8, including verses 31 and 32. “To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, if you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
 
Two points are implicitly made in these two verses. First is the revelation that only truth can set or make one free. No other reality has the capacity to accomplish this.  In fact, meditation on this principle will cause one to realize that the more truth one knows, the freer one becomes. Next, it is equally inferred that within every choice is truth. The discovery of truth will always result in the correct choice. However, the failure to discover that same truth will result in inappropriate choices that lead to bondage and ultimately death. Therefore, we may conclude that truth alone should be the pursuit of everyone making choices. If one discovers this revelation it is my prayer that they also find and experience the freedom they so desperately desire.

​In His Service,

Dr. Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor, RRTEC


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