September 22, 2021

September 22, 2021

September 22, 2021

Eric Bronkala
Clergy
Tennessee Valley District

“Free Indeed”
John 8:31-36 (NIV)

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Devotion

When Jesus talks about freedom, he’s not talking about political or societal freedom, he’s sharing a vision of spiritual freedom that comes only through him.
But perhaps many 21st century Christians don’t really buy this idea. Rather than living a life marked by freedom, I see many people living lives overcome by worry, instead of experiencing the freedom Jesus talked about when he said, “I have come that you might have life, and have it in abundance” (John 10:10).
Jesus says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed,” but what does that really mean?
When we give ourselves to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we can be certain that sin’s power is broken. The word translated as sin in this passage is in a verb tense indicating a habitual, continual action. Without Jesus, a person is a slave to sin. But God gives us the power to change. It is by his grace through faith that we can overcome sin and walk in the freedom of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 5:1 tells us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
Worry is detrimental to our physical, emotional and spiritual health. It has the potential to destroy relationships, defeat our faith, and take away our passion for life. If you have ever found yourself caught up in the clutches of worry, you know these things to be true. So, when the Son sets us free, he sets us free from the destructive power of worry.
Do you believe you’re free? Do you live like it? Do you desire a new beginning? Share your deepest concerns with God, God will listen, and God will answer. God will set you free and you will be free indeed.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you that we have been born into your family and have become your children. Help us to abide in you, embracing spiritual freedom as we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. May we continue to hold on to the truth of the Word of God that sets us free. Amen.