Know ye not that ye are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16
Freedom is something that all of our hearts long for. That desire to be truly free manifests itself in many different ways. We see it in the flood of refugees into our country. Even people that don’t particularly like our culture in America long to be here seeing the freedom and opportunities that exist in the USA. We also see this in the reckless behavior embraced by society today. Drinking, substance abuse, and endless pursuits of immoral sexual exploits characterize our society. They claim that “that” is freedom and even so called Christians dabble in the sins of the flesh cloaked with this appeal to be free from “religion”. Kind of reminds me of something the Apostle Peter said, “For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.”
Freedom is what all of our hearts cry and long for but where do we find it? It comes from having Christ in us and really being aware of His presence. Here is how Watchman Nee describes this.
“A revelation of the indwelling Spirit was the remedy Paul offered the Corinthian Christians for their unholiness. Their need, like ours today, was to grasp the fact that God Himself had taken up His abode in them. To many of us, the Holy Spirit of God is quite unreal. We regard Him as a mere influence—an influence for good, no doubt, but no more than that. In our thinking, conscience and the Spirit are more or less identified as some “thing” within us that brings conviction when we are bad and tries to show us how to be good. Like the Corinthians, our trouble is not that we lack God’s gift of the indwelling Spirit but that we have not yet awakened to the reality of His presence. We fail to appreciate the essential holiness of the One who has made His abode within our hearts.”
That’s it, the freedom that we long for is actually God Himself. If you think about it, that is quite funny. The common spin on God is either that He makes our life miserable by taking away all of our fun or He is some benevolent Santa Claus that overlooks all of our compromise. He is neither. He is holy, merciful, and in His presence is fullness of joy which produces the freedom our hearts really want.