Jesus declared Himself as the way, the truth and the life. This is the most important information ever availed, to any person in need of freedom. People spend gigantic sums of money to establish businesses, or pursue some professional careers, aiming at attaining economic freedom. But there is more to freedom, than just economic independence.
A person can be guaranteed sufficient money, as to lack nothing in this life. But the person remains in misery, as unable to control what goes on in one’s environment. The person may realize that, although able to meet medical bills, and other physical problems, he/she cannot guarantee his/her lifespan.
This constitutes realities of life that cannot be avoided by anyone, whether from a royal family or not. Total freedom entails assurance in attaining eternal life, also granting the ability to control one’s surroundings. Money alone cannot guarantee one’s health and unforeseen physical calamities.
And then he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God. Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes (Luke 12:15-23 NIV).
The rich man assumed that freedom was about an easy lifestyle, doing nothing. He failed to appreciate that freedom is, actually, embraced in hard work. This spells a definite misunderstanding when assuming independence means avoiding responsibility. People get surprised when caught up in abject poverty, even after having attained independence.
Freedom is attainable through Jesus Christ who described Himself as the way, the truth and the life. There are three steps towards attaining total freedom, through Jesus, highlighted in the legendary parable of the prodigal son.
“After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!” (Luke 15:14-17 NIV).
The prodigal son had been with his father, before deciding separation. He requested to be granted his inheritance, to pursue pleasures, outside his father’s purview. The liberty was granted, but disconnecting him from his origin. He did not take that as problematic, as long as holding cash, with which to be able to confront life’s challenges.