Galatians 5:13 (ESV)
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
When we lived in Michigan we had an interesting fence: it was invisible!
What good would such a fence do?
We used to think that it was the best thing invented for our dog. A wire, hidden in the ground, carried a signal transmitted to a small electrical device attached to the collar of our dogs. If our dog came near the invisible fence, it would hear a warning beep. If it continued on its trajectory, it would be zapped by a small electrical pulse.
I'm sure glad I don't have to wear one of those!
But it's true that if the dog stays within the boundaries of their designated kingdom, they remain not only free, but also "zap free"! Utter freedom within the margins!
But one of our dog's was always looking to the other side of the invisible fence. To him the grass was greener and where she was sure she would find freedom. He was sure that's where he belonged.
Then one day he started to experiment with her invisible fence and soon discovered that if he ran fast enough and lowered his head just right, the electrical discharge was brief at best, and certainly nothing to worry about. One day he decided to visit the other side of the fence. Gone was the protection he had by the invisible fence. He didn't realized that the invisible fence was there so he could be truly free, protecting him for anything that would potentially steal away that freedom.
Are we any better?
God has given a fence to us as well, and just like the dog's invisible fence, it is also there for our benefit and protection. It is called God`s Law. It is found in the Bible and its Author will gladly lead anyone to a full understanding of it. It isn't there to hinder us, it's there so that we can truly enjoy utter freedom in Christ.
The freedom proclaimed by the world is not freedom at all. How can we call addictions freedom? It messes us up inside and makes us feel horrible most of the time! The only true freedom is the one Jesus provides, one destined to help us know and enjoy our Lord and Saviour, and one where we can discover a passion for others as well!
It sure looks tempting the other side of the fence. But remember, looks can be so deceiving!