I have to confess that I love to drive. Of all the things I have had to give up with the stay at home mandate, (seeing my friends at church and fast food) I miss driving the most. With nowhere to go, there is no good reason to get in my car and drive. I have been a long-time lover of being behind the wheel. When I was 10, my father bought me my first set of wheels, ruby red with white side stripes, no it was not my first car, it was a go kart. It was so fast the wind whipped my hair and blew in my face as I raced around my house about a million times. I enjoyed the feeling of freedom that sweet little ride gave me. In fact, being born with a birth defect that limited the use of my legs, this was the closest that I ever came to running. It’s no wonder that I still feel free when I get behind the wheel.
For the past two weeks I have been stuck at home just like the rest of America and I bet like me everyone could use a little freedom. But the truth is whether we can get back out to work or just out for a drive if you haven’t encountered the Son of God you will never be truly free. In John 8:36 we hear about the assurance of freedom,
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
If you know Christ and accept that He died on the cross for your sins, you will be rescued from the control of sin and be given eternal life with Him in heaven. The book of Acts in chapter 13:38-39 it tells us,
“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin,”
You are meant to be free from sin, Jesus took on your sins to rescue you from spiritual death. This freedom goes beyond human freedoms. You know the ones we have been taking for granted, like going to the movies and restaurants. And as cool as all those things are, they don’t compare to the peace we can have in this life with Jesus.
We need to use this time of inactivity wisely. Not only by spending time in prayer and reading God’s word. But by stepping away from sins that keep us bogged down. We can quit smoking, eat better and get more rest. Just by virtue of not being with people that reinforce our poor choices, we can lean on Jesus to free us from sins that we never could have broken on our own.
As we wait for the all clear so we can resume our crazy hectic lives, I know we could use a little freedom, so remember these words of encouragement, if you are a child of Jesus, He loves you and you are already free indeed!