Freedom – for real

Truth is true whether I believe it or not. Lies are lies whether I distrust the or not.

Reality is real whether I accept it or not. Dreams are counterfeit whether I suspect them or not.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” NLT Philippians 4:8

I heard it said that the most wonderful thing a person can experience is … no, not being loved. not being esteemed. not being a “success.” not getting the attention. The most wonderful thing a person can experience is knowing God.

That’s it.

Knowing God.

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (NIV) John 17:3

God is true. whether I sense His presence … or not. whether I see His hand working in the world around me … or not. whether I understand where all this is headed and why … or not. Whether I believe it or not. God is true. He is real.

And more than that, knowing this God is eternal life. It doesn’t lead to eternal life – it is eternal life. A life filled with believing in and knowing “the only true God” is a full life.

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (NIV John 10:9-10)

I heard it explained this way: I’m like an orphan in a third world country. I live in a poor orphanage tied to my bed because I’m disabled. This is where I stay all day. It’s rare for me for me to receive the love or care or even a simple touch that I need.  A family comes to adopt me. They stand by my bed and untie the knots that held me there so long. They invite me to go with them. to be cared for. to be accepted and loved. to be part of their family.

But I think to myself, “No! Why would I want to be part of their family? They’ll make rules. They’ll be upset when I don’t listen to them. They’ll stifle who I am. I’d rather stay here, tied to this smelly bed, staring up at this cracked ceiling … I won’t let anyone take away my freedom.”

This is me … even as a Christian … when I refuse to delve deeper into my relationship with the true God. when I refuse to obey the One Who promises to give me a full life. This is me when I believe the lie that my heavenly Father is not worthy of my trust. that He is holding something good back from me. that I know better than He what will satisfy me. This is me when I believe that anything I experience apart from God is anything more than a momentary, shallow dream-turned-nightmare compared to having a personal love relationship with my heavenly Father.

“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.’” (NIV) John 8:31b-32

Knowing the only true God equals a full life. Living and obeying His truth {pure, complete truth} sets me free.

Let’s fix our thoughts, and live our lives around, what {and Who} is true. Let’s be free.


2 thoughts on “Freedom – for real

  1. This was a good post. God remains steadfast and His word remains true, even in the darkest valley. No matter what we do or what we’re going through, He stays the same. And in Him there is life, truth, and peace.

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