Live A Free Life
By: Tom Norvell

Vol. 15 No. 27 | July 2, 2012

After forty-five years with the company, at the end of his last day when he walked out of his office building and got into his car, with mixed but content feelings, he said, "I am free!"

After nine months of feeling uncomfortable, tired, out of breath, and bigger than she ever thought possible, when she held her baby girl in her arms, knowing her life had just changed in ways she could not know, she thought, "I am free!"

After thirty years of military service -- long days in the field, trips overseas, combat, time away from his family, and times of utter fear - when he left his retirement ceremony he sighed, "I am free!"

After eighteen years of imprisonment he knew he had paid his debt to society, so as he walked down the hall with the iron door slamming behind him he breathed the fresh air and said, "I am free!"

Months of treatment concluded with the doctor being amazed with the progress and a positive report, so with joy on his face he hugged his wife and said, "I'm free!"

He was eighteen years old and ready to be out on his own, so when he crossed the stage to receive his diploma he turned to the crowd and shouted, "I am free!"

After she celebrated with her parents for passing her driver's test, she took her new set of keys, headed out the door and quietly said, "Finally, I'm free!"

Because she had surgery on her knee she was in a wheel chair for weeks, on crutches for weeks, and in therapy for what seemed to be years, so when she left the doctor's office she smiled and said "I am free!"

For years she had lived with the guilt and shame of her sinful past, so when she emerged from the baptismal waters she shouted, "Praise God, I am free!"

Fear, hatred, and abuse was all the young girl had ever known, so when she was rescued and brought to safety she wept with gratitude knowing for the first time, "I am free!"

For centuries God's people lived under the bondage of trying to find freedom by living a life of absolute and perfect obedience. For centuries they failed. Jesus arrived with a message of freedom:

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed..."
(Luke 4:18, NIV84)
They accepted His message with gratitude and joy.

As the masses longed for freedom, the good news came. Not everyone could handle the freedom and were lured back into the old ways. Paul pleaded with them to hold on to their freedom. "Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you." (Galatians 5:1, MSG)

In Jesus Christ there is freedom. Hear His call. Accept His offer. Live the free life.


Copyright 2012 Tom Norvell. All rights reserved.