College Life: What If (Part 5 – Freedom)


Freedom is a word that is thrown around all the time. The world offers many solutions, options, and formulas for freedom. Yet, these many options are only temporary solutions to what we all long for. The more we seek freedom through the things of the world, the more we are left empty. Often this emptiness leads us into despair where we seek to fill this void and our desire for freedom with anything. In this search for freedom we sometimes run away from the very thing that brings true freedom: a relationship with Jesus Christ. Yet, as we run, Jesus continues to offer an invitation to come and find true freedom and rest from our burdens. Jesus says to “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:29).

True freedom is not about “what” can bring us freedom but “who.” When we seek the “what” before the “who,” then our lives get disoriented. The “who” is Jesus, the Son of God. He is the one that gives us the freedom we desire. Freedom in Christ is not something that we can earn, but it is freely given. Freedom is not something we deserve, but it is poured out upon us. Our freedom comes through the grace and power of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. His death conquers our bondage to sin and sets us free. His resurrection gives us freedom to live each day, through His grace, the “free” life we all desire.

Our access point into freedom is an authentic relationship with Jesus. Let your heart rest in the reality that Jesus has taken your burdens and has set you free. Come and rest in His arms and be free to live the life He is calling you to live.

So, what would your life look like if your freedom was found in Christ and not in the world? What if this freedom was a reality for you every day of your life?

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