"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." ~ Matthew 13:44
To be able to enjoy fully the many good things the world has to offer, we must be detached from them. To be detached does not mean to be indifferent or uninterested. It means to be nonpossessive. Life is a gift to be grateful for and not a property to cling to.
To declare freedom means that we have been a possessed by something or someone. It's funny how we long for freedom, but in order to discover real freedom, we must search for a deeper meaning, and one that involves belonging.
We belong to God, and the God to whom we belong has sent us into the world to proclaim in his Name that all of creation is created in and by love and calls us to gratitude and joy.
That is what freedom appears to look like when we have finally managed to "detach" ourselves.
What is it in your life that prevents you from living the life that God has promised each of us?
May you find freedom in the love of Christ that is free of all things... and is yours!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.