“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” Galatians 5:1
The famed escape artist, Harry Houdini, claimed he could be locked in any jail cell and free himself in no time at all. After a number of successful escapes from various jails he encountered a lock that he could not pick. He had been taken into the jail in his street clothes and the heavy metal doors had clanged shut behind him. Taking a concealed piece of metal from his belt he set to work but after thirty minutes he’d made no progress at all. There was something unusual about the lock. An hour passed and he’d still not managed to open the door. Finally, after struggling for two hours, Houdini collapsed in frustration and failure against the door he couldn’t unlock. As he fell against it, it swung open! It had never been locked in the first place. But in his mind it had been locked and that was what had kept him from opening the door and walking out of the cell.
In searching for freedom you may be encountering frustration and failure. Like Houdini you’re struggling to unlock the door in order to walk out of jail. Yet despite your efforts you’re making no progress at all. The door remains shut and you’re still locked in.
But that’s because there’s something unusual about the lock. It’s already unlocked. When Christ died on the cross of Calvary as the sacrifice for sin He turned the key that unlocked the door once and for all. As it says unequivocally in Galatians 5:1, “Christ has set us free.”
So, if you want freedom you need to respond to the truth of God’s Word. For the way to freedom is through the truth, and until you come to the truth you are never free from your search. As long as your mind tells you the door is locked you will never be free. As long as you struggle in your own strength you’ll stay incarcerated in the cell of your own limitations. But when you trust Christ for your salvation, the door swings open. There’s no question about it. Salvation is the essence of freedom. Knowing Jesus releases you from bondage. “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” Luke 11:9-10.