Daniel 3:14-20,91-92,95; John 8:31-42
Jesus tells us these words, "So if the Son frees you, then you will truly be free."
He also says, "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
We all want freedom. We want be be free and experience a life free from many things such as anxiety, worry and stress and all the rest. We want freedom from constraint or rules etc.
What is the truth that will give us this freedom and what does this freedom look like.
If we abide in his word and be his disciples then we learn the truth and discover freedom. The practical side of freedom is revealed in following after Jesus and living discipleship daily in our life. Only in living it, it letting our lives be led by him, does freedom ring true for us.
I think the three young men in the first reading illustrate this freedom with their lives. Think about their words to the king, "If our God, whom we serve, can save us from the furnace and from your hands, may he save us! But even if he will not, know that we will not serve your god or worship the golden statue that you set up."
The three young men illustrate unconditional trust in God. How often in our life does trust in the lord depend on the circumstances of our life going as we plan? How often does it depend more on us getting our way then God leading us forth on his way?
The three men find freedom in this unconditional trust and they live in the moment.
This is the freedom Jesus brings to our life. Jesus shows us on the cross what unconditional trust looks like. He invites us to experience that same freedom in our daily lives. We are invited to set aside our agendas and plans and to stop mapping everything out to its tiniest detail and to let go and learn to walk with Him for a change rather than running ahead or lagging behind.
Imagine living that kind of freedom.
Today look for reasons to trust, to let go. Let unconditional trust set us all free.