I am free…?

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs. 14:12.

Nowadays it is so commonplace for young people to leave home to lead their own life, even before they have completed their educa­tion or professional training, that we have grown accustomed to it. They seek indepen­dence and freedom to act according to their own wishes. Their parents’ reproaches and criticism with regard to their still somewhat immature thoughts are considered to be mis­trust and authoritarian. They want to rid themselves of all such influence to enhance their own development and self-expression.

The younger son in the Gospel of Luke chapter 15 entertained similar thoughts and left for a distant land where he imagined he could be free and independent. But what is the life of such young people like when the prince of this world entangles them more and more in his snares? That young man’s wealth turned into poverty, his freedom to bondage, and any affection he found was self-centred. Α high price must be paid for the fleeting pleasures and friendship of the world!

Το such people the Lord calls: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). He would dearly grant us a true home, a genuine relationship with God as a Father which gives us love and security. All who acknowl­edge God’s verdict on their lost state and confess their sins and their ruined lives before Him, can believe that Christ suffered and died for them on the cross. That will make them happy children of God, whom they then know as their Father.