I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom lately….on many fronts. I think it is something everyone longs for whether they realize it or not. I think it is something that those of us living in a country built on freedom take for granted. I think sometimes we forget the cost of freedom, especially when we have so much of it at our fingertips. I have to admit that I have taken freedom for granted many times.
I’ve got a dear friend who decided to embark on a challenge to do something for a group of people who aren’t free and are defenseless to protect themselves or set themselves free. The challenge has been weighing on my heart because of the freedom that I enjoy. It has begun to weigh on my heart because I have two girls that enjoy their freedom. I think of the girls their age and younger who live a life of fear and unimaginable things and I thank God for His grace and mercy towards me and my family. I can’t read too many of their stories…it’s not good for my heart…it produces fear. Then I think about the girls who are living in it and I realize they have no choice. They can’t hide from the atrocity by simply turning off the television or computer. They are not simply characters in a blockbuster movie that get to go home at the end of the day. These are real girls living a life they were never intended to live.
I have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than me. I have the opportunity to sow into freedom. If we reap what we sow, I want to sow into freedom. Freedom is something that I long for in my life and in those around me. Physical freedom and spiritual freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom to love and laugh and just enjoy life on this planet and the one to come. I serve the One who made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the ultimate price for freedom. I am thankful to live in a place and time where I am able to love and serve Him freely. He put the longing in our hearts to be free. I pray that I will always be able to enjoy that freedom. I pray those I love will never experience slavery. I pray they will embrace the freedom that He offers…which is even more precious that our physical freedoms.
If sowing is where we reap the harvest, then I want to be about sowing.
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! – 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
I’ve mentioned my friends challenge before. I want to share it with you again in hopes that you would join me in sowing into the freedom of others. Please check out International Justice Mission and Project Jubilee and see how you might be able to help provide freedom for a group of people who desperately need our help. Project Jubilee has just a few months left, but the funds raised will reap a lasting harvest.