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Who the Son sets free
Katrina Harrmann
by Katrina Harrmann
July 4, 2024

Shortly after getting my driver’s license, I remember driving around town with my best friend, feeling rather puffed up with my newfound freedom. At one point, I turned onto a road, not realizing it was the on-ramp for the interstate. With hardly any highway driving under my belt, and certainly no experience driving at nearly 70 mph in rush-hour, city traffic, my friend and I shrieked in horrified panic as we careened onto the highway.

Of course, we did survive. But at the time, it felt iffy. 

The point is, while I had a legal driver’s license, there were things I wasn’t ready for. My parents didn’t want me on the highway yet. They set rules to keep me safe. 

As we celebrate the Fourth of July in the U.S., it’s important to realize that freedom doesn’t mean a stripping away of all rules and expectations. If anything, it’s being comfortable within a set of rules and expectations.

God—our good Father—expects a lot from us, his obedient children. We aren’t set loose with zero expectations! We’re expected to show his light to others while operating withing a framework of obedience and love to our Father in heaven.

True freedom doesn’t mean a free-for-all existence with no rules, but rather being part of a family with a heavenly Father who sets rules because he loves us.

“Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:35,36).