Today’s Scripture: Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:34-36

Anyone who thinks Christian freedom is carte blanche to do whatever he wants is in for a rude awakening. Once, I had a person explain to me what it was like to experience the “liberation” of crack cocaine. He explained that initially, you get the greatest feeling you could ever imagine. But as time goes on, the feelings aren’t so good. Before long, you realize that your life is going downhill. You discover this newfound freedom isn’t really freedom, but bondage. Finally, you realize you’re trapped by the drug, with no easy way out.

Freedom isn’t found in a drink or a drug, but in a relationship with Jesus Christ. When He sets us free from the power of our sins, He gives us freedom to do what’s right. Ever since I accepted Christ, I’ve found more freedom than anyone could ever tell me they’ve experienced in the world. The more I grow, the more freedom Christ gives me. I don’t have to put myself in compromising positions or get an artificial high to experience this freedom because I have what I need in Him. That’s liberating, isn’t it?

You may be a Christian looking to get more out of life. You’re tired of the “old-time religion” with traditional churches and standards for godly conduct. Instead, you want something that offers more freedom. Friend, I’ve got news for you: any freedom that exists outside of Christ only leads to bondage. Christ is the only Way out of a life of misery and emptiness. Choose the best Way today.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder