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Freedom 55 or Freedom From Bondage?

By Brad Hewey

Freedom is greatly respected in the West. However, Brad points out that freedom from the bondage of sin is more important than the freedom to retire at 55.

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freedomFreedom 55

Wow. I’m nearly 55 years old. Sometimes we scratch our heads and say…. where did the years go, how did these past few years roll by so quickly? Many have said, and now I’ve experienced it…the older we get, that faster time seems to fly by.

In the late 80’s, London Life launched their ad campaign for “Freedom 55”, promoting investment strategies that would offer one the potential of retiring comfortably, and retiring early. The slogan caught on, and whenever we hear the term today, we associate it with an early retirement.

Seemingly gone are the days of working at the same job for 40 years, until you receive your gold watch. Society has put such an emphasis on the “here and now”, on self, and on what we perceive as freedom to make choices, to exercise options. In a nutshell, our fiscal house should be in order, offering us freedom from the mundane and the pressures of work and life. Free to do what I want to do.

freedomFreedom 75

But it’s a sad reality that Freedom 55 is more and more becoming Freedom 75. We see many who have had their aspirations of an early retirement dashed by economic woes, who are working well past the retirement age of 65. The debt levels in Canada continue to rise. A recent report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that Canadian households are among the most indebted in the world. In fact, Canada tops the list of countries surveyed.

Household debt is more than 100 per cent of GDP in Canada, surpassing other developed countries such as South Korea, the U.S. and U.K. While most countries have seen their levels of indebtedness fall since 2007, Canada is a rare exception, digging itself deeper into the red.

freedomFreedom Through Christ

Those facts and figures are unsettling, that the promise of financial freedom isn’t on the horizon for so many. But more unsettling, and the point I hope to make; is that real “freedom”, the freedom that is offered by God’s son, Jesus Christ, is passed by….masked over… most do not see the need to be set free from the real burden of sin, that besets us and leads to damming consequences in eternity.

In John 8: 32-36   Jesus says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Those that were listening to him…. They “answered him; We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

Trapped in Bondage

So many today, do not realize they are in bondage. There are those that are heavily burdened with life; family problems, financial problems, health problems. And it seems, no matter the level of difficulty or disappointment, they are hesitant or unwilling, neglecting to call out to God; to be set free from the burdens of this life…to be given ( through the eyes of faith ) the ability to soldier on through the overwhelming challenges that life often throws our way.

Jesus tells us all, “I am come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”.

But they are not the only ones missing out on the “Freedom” that only God can offer.

There are those on the other side, who are living life, for all intents and purposes in a nice home, in a nice neighborhood, good schools, good health, financially independent, investing heavily in the freedom to make their own choices, to be successful in all of life’s endeavors.

But how sad, that the freedom this world offers, is often the measure mistakenly used for the determination of happiness and success. What about measuring for all eternity?

freedomFreedom Through The Gift of Jesus

Everything in this life, whether good or bad, shameful or celebratory, will all come to an end. The Bible tells us we are all born into sin, and sin means bondage, and bondage in this life, whether visible, or camouflaged, is still bondage that needs to be remedied. The only remedy for sin, and the only hope for freedom is through the gift of salvation offered to all, by Jesus, who is the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior of Mankind, eternal in the heavens.

He is the “peace that has broken down the partition between God and man.” But for so many, there is no consideration of the need for God. The mention of faith, and of Christ, is off-putting and the “connecting of the dots” is missed. Trusting in and having faith in Christ in this life, equates to eternal salvation and a relationship with God our Heavenly Father, in the life that is to come.

The Apostle Paul, says it so well…. “if I have hope of Christ in this life only, I am of all men most miserable”.

Seeking Freedom

Oh, that the world today, seeking freedom, would seek out real freedom that only God can offer. Certainly, we all understand that it is nice to have the ability to exercise options, to have certain freedoms afforded through investment returns, hard work etc. But these should be viewed as blessings from our heavenly Father, not as the sole purpose that defines our lives.

And what of those who will never achieve financial freedom at 55, or at any age. Those that have struggled, and may continue to struggle with difficulties financial and otherwise. How will freedom ever be achieved?

This is say to you: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus…..My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Heb 10:19-22

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Brad HeweyBrad Hewey

Brad offers up practical, scriptural advice from a perspective borne out of everyday life encounters. As we live and move and have our being…it’s the individual life lessons that most often present the greatest challenges, but can yield the richest blessings. We’ve all, as Christians had those faith affirming moments, where we’ve had an overwhelming sense of God’s spirit, or his very presence “at a particular but, maybe random time”.

Brad was born and still resides in a small community in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, where he and his wife Karen raised their 3 children. Brad & Karen fellowship at the Greenland Bible Chapel, where Brad serves as an elder. Brad loves meeting and engaging with people. His background in sales has provided opportunities to travel throughout the US and Canada, networking with people from all walks of life. Brad is a singer/songwriter, and has recorded 3 Christian albums. Songs from his “Brighter Day” release, have aired on Christian Radio stations across Canada and two of Brad’s albums are on HopeStreamRadio’s playlist.


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