Sermons on “Freedom”
Human beings have two incompatible desires: To be fully free and to be fully known. The Good Shepherd with his crook seems like an unlikely solution to this dilemma, but there is a way forward.
The circumstances of your life do not determine your freedom. What determines your freedom is what you have the courage to let go.
Because we are free in Christ, that freedom shapes our relationships. Relationships enslaved to sin are marked by “glory emptiness,” the constant struggle to seek our worth by comparison to others. Free in Christ, we preach the Gospel to ourselves, giving us courage and confidence to love others as Jesus loved us.
Freedom in Christ is not the type of freedom that we have always thought we wanted. This is a sobering freedom, one that involves full, unqualified submission to the will of another person. But it is also a beautiful freedom, one in which we know we are being guided and formed by the One who created the world and the One who knows us best.