Many people live their lives in different forms of bondage, sadly, many times of their own making. Bondages of drugs, alcohol, people's opinions and influences, and sometimes their own obsessions. If we allow other's to control us, we become their servants. If they are living a life of strife and troublemaking; and we allow them to be a source of influence in us, we will find oursleves on a road full of hardships, and perhaps our destruction.
Jesus made the statement about himself:
Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
There is great weight in this statement. When we open our hearts to Jesus, and let him transfrom us into his image; we become free from every aspect of this worlds system.
1. Free from sin.
2. Free to serve God, and man.
3. Free from other people's actions, opinions, or behavior.
4. Free to walk and abide in Christ, no matter what the circumstances we may find ourselves in.
Paul knew this kind of freedom, even as a prisoner. When he testified before Agrippa, he made such an impact on him, he made this statement:
Act 26:28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
Act 26:29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
Even in chains, Paul was not a common criminal; he was the servant of the Lord, and doing his Master's service in perfect freedom, and he knew it.
This is my desire. To know my life is in God's hands no matter what the circumstances are. To be free from sin, from this world, and free from man. Ready to live for God, and ready to die for God. Either way it is His choice. When I am ever given the opportunity, I'll open my mouth for the Lord, and testify of the salvation every man needs if they are to find their place in heaven. There is no other way. Jesus is the only way. John 14:6
I'm a quiet person, but quiet doesn't mean timid, or stupid. I like minding my own business, help anyone if I can, and avoid those who don't follow this philosophy, as Psalm 1:1 advises.
I live each day thankful to see one more, but ready to leave this world anytime God wants to take me. I care nothing about what people think of me, because I know what God thinks of me, and that is enough. I care nothing of your opinions, it has no effect on me. This is freedom, and I reap the benefits of peace in walking in it.