Real Freedom – By Larry Rice

True freedom involves the reality that Jesus has come to set the captives free.  This involves freedom from the hurts of the past and the fears of the future. Experiencing real freedom liberates us to help others who are enslaved […]

True freedom involves the reality that Jesus has come to set the captives free.  This involves freedom from the hurts of the past and the fears of the future.

Experiencing real freedom liberates us to help others who are enslaved to also be set free.  It is the re-establishment of “shalom” or the way things ought to be, or God’s will done on earth as it is in heaven.  As individuals freed through the resurrection power of Jesus Christ we desire to bring peace to our fellow human beings and the rest of creation.

God is a God of relationship.  He proved He was not a solitary or isolated God when He sent His son to set us free from sin through Christ resurrection.  We are free to now work to bring freedom and relationship back to a world whose relationship with God, other humans and the rest of creation has been destroyed by sin.

Daily we see this sin in a materialistic world where some live in luxurious homes while others are homeless.  Many don’t even have a fan while some stroll through the air conditioned malls buying junk they don’t even need.  God calls each of us as a liberated people to strive to bring freedom and shalom (peace) to not only those enslaved hopelessly to the streets, or homes which are like ovens, but even to those who are miserable in their affluence.  In each and every case as a people liberated through Jesus Christ, we declare in word and deed, “There is hope for you, be free because Christ is risen.”

God created all things in love and through this redemptive love He invites them to be free and enjoy a complex web of relationships that includes all of creation.  It is when sin and greed takes over that these relationships are destroyed and the slavery of homelessness and isolation results.

Presently things are not the way they are supposed to be.  Relationships are broken.  People are alienated and enslaved to their own sinful self interests.  All of creation is groaning (as Romans 8 says) for redemption.  Our anxious lives are crying out for this redemptive freedom.  We are given the opportunity daily to walk in the freedom and shalom that Christ provides.

At New Life Evangelistic Center God gives us the opportunity to live in His freedom and to come up with creative ways of sharing that freedom with others.  Such a walk of freedom among the hurting and homeless takes faith and courage.  It means turning loose of that which we want to possess (this can be our time, money, etc.) in order that we might help someone else who needs the love and freedom of Christ flowing through us.  This freedom is demonstrated as we share food, shelter, fans and a host of other services with the hurting and homeless.

Life can be a place of hope, promise and freedom as we let Jesus be Lord of our lives.  We are now free to engage with joy in the ministry God has given us.  This involves loving God and letting His love flow through us into the lives of our fellow human beings and the rest of Creation.  As this happens, then and only then, have we discovered real freedom.

For more information and to find out how you can live with Real Freedom contact:

New Life Evangelistic Center
1411 Locust Street
St Louis, MO 63103
(314) 421-3020