A number of years ago I was in Bogota, Columbia attending a church conference. I was hanging around in the foyer of my hotel one day chatting with one of the bell hops when he asked me about my visit to Bogota. I asked him if he had heard of the church that was hosting the conference I was attending and he told me that he had once been an attender of the church but stopped going. When I asked him why he stopped going to this church he said, “I don’t like people telling me what to do.” I remember thinking to myself, “you’re a bell hop!”
Truth is, none of us like being told what to do. Every one of us have this inner belief that obedience is incompatible with freedom. Jesus taught (and lived) differently. The Apostle John records Jesus as making this statement: “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teaching. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” What is Jesus saying?
Truth is best learned by experiencing it and that experiencing (or obeying) truth sets us free.
Truth is of no benefit if it is only known intellectually. Truth that is embraced practically and lived out faithfully sets us free to be our best and to get the very most out of life.
Here’s a simple recipe for experiencing freedom in any given area of life:
1. Know the truth – learn it.
2. Understand the truth – what does it mean for me?
3. Obey the truth – walk it out and persevere in it.
Obedience to the truth often requires us to swallow our pride and admit that we don’t always know best, but the freedom that we experience through obedience is well worth the sacrifice.
What do you see as being a common obstacle to obedience?
What do you see as being a specific freedom that comes through obedience?
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