“Freedom isn’t about being able to do what you want to do but about being able to do what you ought to do.” Unknown
To have true freedom you must first come to the point of surrender. A story is described in Mark 10 of a young rich ruler coming to Jesus asking how he might inherit eternal life. As the story goes, the young man did not like what Jesus asked of him and turned his back on the freedom Jesus offered.
Jesus knows us better than anyone else, He knows what holds us back from experiencing true freedom and a real encounter with God. Jesus knew what stood in the way, looked at the young man, loved him and said to him in verse 21 “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”
The young man came to Jesus expecting affirmation of all the good things he had done and the commandments he had kept. This was in order to justify himself and return to the life he already enjoyed. Instead, he was confronted with the truth and invited to walk into a glorious new life of freedom with God through Christ. However, even while standing face-to-face with the Son of God Himself, the young man decided in his heart that what Jesus had to offer could not possibly be more valuable than what he already possessed. He was not willing to surrender and walk the path of freedom.
How about you? Are you clinging to something that might be preventing you from following Jesus with your whole heart? If so, what is holding you back? The moment we surrender is the moment that we start walking along the path of freedom.
My prayer is that you surrender all and find true freedom in Christ. He died for you so that you could experience freedom in your life.