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Freedom’s Focus

Men who give away freedom

You can always tell when someone is truly free because they focus on helping others. By nature, people are self-centered and determined to get their own needs met. When freedom grips their hearts, a transformation takes place that creates a desire to give other people what they have discovered.
It begins with Jesus. An Ethiopian Eunuch was traveling from Jerusalem reading these words,
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.”
The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.” (Acts 8:32-35) Jesus gave His life so that we could be a part of His family, share in His inheritance, and be free from the condemnation of sin. It was all for us!
The eunuch heard the story of Jesus because Philip was willing to go anywhere at any time to share the message. He had a great ministry going in Samaria before when “an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza,’” He simply went. (Cats 8:26) If his main concern was for himself, he would have stayed in Samaria and enjoyed the success of his influence.
The people of Samaria received the gift of the Holy Spirit because Peter and John were willing to go there as a follow-up to Philip’s ministry. They required no payment, no promises, and no reward in order to give others the greatest source of power for living ever available. In contrast was a man named Simon who had previously made his living as a sorcerer. “When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, ‘Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.’” (Acts 8:18-19) At first it sounds like he is sincerely interested in being free. The difference is that he wants the power for himself while Peter and John were giving away the power for the benefit of others.
There will be a lot of talk about freedom today since it is the day we celebrate the independence of America. The founding fathers sacrificed greatly so that their descendants could live free. Throughout our history, men and women have sacrificed financially, physically, socially and personally so that others can have the freedom to build a life for their loved ones without undue opposition or oppression. The focus has always been on providing for others. As we continue the discussion of freedom in our country and in our families, may we all find the humility to ask, “What can I do to help others live free?”

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One Response

  1. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.

    ~ John 8:36, NLT

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