Friday, September 30, 2005

I'm Free

My husband dreamed about being Free. It was unusual in that he felt it was more about his being rather than his doing something in the dream.

He dreamed he had a bucket that appeared fairly clean. He turned the bucket over and a bird plopped out. He turned the bucket back over and it was spotless. He then stood on a chair in a classroom setting similar to a scene in Dead Poet Society, and exclaimed “I’m free.”

Few people understood what he was shouting about. Later he went to work where a man approached him and said quietly, “I heard you are free. So am I.” There was a sense of being understood, a common bond.

If you don’t see the spiritual implications of this dream, well, chances are, you are not free.

As followers of Christ and born again children of God, we are free. Unfortunately, it seems there are many who profess to be Christ followers that are not free. They look at those who are free with a puzzling face. Those who are free find themselves holding back because so few seem to understand. We might even begin to question our sense of freedom.

Then along comes someone else who is free. Oh, what a thrill to be with someone who understands. Someone who knows true freedom in Christ! There is an instant bonding. A unity beyond earthly comprehension even if we have never met before.

I experienced that recently on a trip to Colorado. Heidi from Michigan and Cindy from Louisiana are free. The three of us bonded instantly.

I wonder… are the Children of God frustrated and are non-churched individuals confused because a lot of “Christ followers” have not been born again?

Jesus prays in John 17:20-21 (NIV)

"I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Maybe we need to quit trying to unite with those who aren’t free so the world will know the source of freedom.

Just a thought.

For some interesting Barna Group statistics check out

For another blog, another time - John 3:3 “Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” What does it mean to be born again?

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