Today marks the 56th anniversary of the independence of Ghana from its colonial master, the British. Although the first president of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah boldly declared on 6th March 1957, “Ghana, our beloved country is free forever”, it was not until 1960 that Ghana gained autonomous freedom and became a republic. Ghana has been free democratically since then yet mentally and financially it has not experienced true freedom. With dependency of foreign aid, the mentally that foreign experience, know-how and goods are superior, the freedom that it gained was not freedom, indeed!
On the contrary over 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ became the sacrificial lamb and died on the cross to save man-kind from their sins. Due to the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, man had lost spiritual control of the earth to Satan and his cohorts. As result of this, man had become slave to sin and its effects. The good news is that Jesus stepped onto the scene and boldly declared “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” [Luke 19:10, NLT]”. Indeed a Savior had come to break the bondage of sin and to release man-kind from the yoke of the law which no one could fully fulfill.
The works of Jesus were completed a long time ago and to as many who have believed he has given them spiritual freedom; autonomous freedom. However, many feel and have convinced themselves that they do not need a Savior. Truth be told, without the works done of the cross of Calvary, we were all doomed to eternal damnation but “God demonstrates his life for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” [Romans 5:8, NASB]. Christ has come to make us free from sin and He says “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through” [John 8:34-46, The MSG]. This freedom makes you free holistically; mentally, spiritually, physically, socially, financially and emotionally. Truth be told, with this new freedom you become a new creation; a person no longer tied to the previous sinful nature but a person who has spiritual authority to overcome sinful desires and the lusts which chained him/her in shackles [2 Corinthians 5:17]. And in this new freedom, God no longer condemns you for the things you did [Romans 8:1]. But there is more, with this new creation you have been given the power to trample over your former master and slave drivers [Luke 10:19].
Yes, in Christ you have truly been made free indeed. But Apostle Paul also cautions us about not abusing the freedom that we have gained. He says “It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then? [Galatians 5:13, The MSG]. Apostle Peter re-iterates this when He says “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves” [1 Peter 2:16, NIV].
If you are a born-again Christian, you have been made free INDEED! On the other hand, if you are not, why don’t you give Jesus Christ Lordship over your life, and let Him make you free indeed! Let him set you free of the things you wish to stop doing but can’t stop doing on your own. Not only that, let him show you how to live a victorious life. The price has been paid already, decide to be free indeed, today!