Freedom is a little bit like a roller coaster ride
Do you remember the last time you rode on a roller coaster? If so, do you remember how it felt? Were you nervous and excited all at the same time? A roller coaster can give you a similar sensation to free falling, while being securely strapped to a seat. As long as the roller coaster is well maintained and the proper safety measures are in place, you are free to enjoy the ride. However, if the roller coaster is not maintained and safety measures aren’t kept than the ride could become potentially dangerous.
Sometimes freedom can feel like a roller coaster ride. God didn’t create us to be robots who don’t ever experience the liberty that he offers us through a relationship with Jesus. He created us to be free and to enjoy the ride of life. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Balancing liberty with responsibility
Responsibility is like our seat belt and harness. It protects us from making poor choices. As believers, God has given us responsibility. While we are free, our choices have consequences. Some of our choices can affect ourselves and others more than we might think. We should frequently consider our own balance of freedom and responsibility. For we are responsible for our actions or our apathy. “But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one will bear his own load.” Galatians 6:4-5
We are responsible for living our lives for God’s glory. We are responsible for everything that God has given to us. In order to be obedient to God, we need to be aware of how freedom and responsibility coexist. As God’s creation you have freedom in him and obedience to him is your responsibility. “Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.” 1 Peter 2:16
Living as a free and responsible Christian
God gave us the freedom to choose his way or choose poorly. I encourage you to live in freedom and choose his way. “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 It is a personal choice to act responsibly and doing so allows us to experience an ultimate sense of freedom.
Sometimes I can neglect my responsibility as a Christian, but I can also neglect my responsibility as an adult. “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” 1 Corinthians 13:11 If I don’t stand up for what is right, then who will. It is my responsibility to do good. It is my responsibility to fight for the truth.
The truth is that we lose some of our freedom when we stop acting responsibly. It’s like the roller coaster ride. We have the freedom to ride the roller coaster, but if we don’t choose to use the provided safety precautions we could lose our freedom. We are responsible for our freedom and we are free to be responsible. How can you live out a free and responsible walk with Jesus?