Occasionally we find ourselves confused by our own behaviour. There is nothing much more bewildering than surprising ourselves with the decisions we make. The person we thought we knew best appears to be a stranger in the mirror, looking back at us, equally confused.

“Who are you?”. By asking yourself questions in the third person, you can really start to feel you’re losing it. “Why did you DO that?”. It’s funny how we feel better after having a bit of a go at ourselves. (Humour me if nobody else does this, please)

Our identities are made up of many factors and elements. Our upbringing, our environment, the way we see the world, the people we know. But if we believe we are a new creation, our identity is found in one place and one place only. We’re no longer drawing from our old factors, our past ways or familiar thought patterns.

If we are a new creation, we’re free. We are not bound to any sin, person or life pattern. I suppose if we don’t believe we are a new creation, then we won’t live free.

There was once a case study where a Grizzly Bear was taken back into the wild after being in captivity for several years. He slowly came out of the cage and wandered into the wild, before turning back, climbing back into the cage, and closing the door.

Maybe we view freedom in a wrong light. We can often think that being free means not doing anything; that it’s easy and it’s enjoyable. My experience now tells me that a free person is a busy person. A free person must remind themselves that they are free and brave it out. Not wander back into the cage because it feels familiar.

NB. I agree that the bear has little relevance other than the mentioning a bear in the piece, but he looks cute and he adds colour.


3 Responses to The bare truth

  1. Crimson says:

    The abundant and exasperating irony of freedom is that it is overwhelming and often restricting. By being set free to live liberated we can long for familiarity and regulations, being the captain of our own ship and responsible for our own outcomes is spectacularly daunting. Not least because “with great power comes great responsibility” and what greater power is there than complete autonomy? Thankfully, however, this is not entirely accurate. We have been set free, but that freedom has been purchased at a price; the precious blood of Jesus. Our freedom came at great expense and there’s built within us a call to honour that. Not that we can pay Jesus back, or that we should even try to, but personally living in the light of the cross presents me with an obvious direction for my freedom; namely living life in a way that brings him glory.This freedom also comes with the responsibility not to be shackled again. It’s too easy to think of slavery as a thing of the past, but the truth is we are all slaves who chose their master, be it education, wealth, possessions or sex. These things consume us, founding our identities and choke us because they have no life, no purpose. These things constitute the cages we so often climb back into, they’re our simplest mode of entrapment, this is because it’s so easy, so tempting to try adopt the viewpoint that we are author’s of our stories, rather than accept that we’ve all been individually scripted a walk on role by the author of creation that’s greater than anything we can fathom.

  2. Martin says:

    I like how you expose a false notion of freedom – of being completely without restriction. The more Biblical notion is that being a slave to the correct thing makes you free =)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I find the story of the bear sad. As having the choice to live outside or inside the cage is freedom. Ironically the bear is exercising it's freedom by going back into the cage! Hope we choose better! (Carl)

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