“If you do not serve the Lord your God with joy and enthusiasm for the abundant benefits you have received, you will serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you.” – Deuteronomy 28:47-48 NLT
The myth of freedom is to believe that we can be the masters of our fate. The myth fools us into thinking, “If I can only throw off the yoke of those who control me, I will be free.” But the reality is, our own free will always leads to disaster, and disaster leads to bondage. We never get to truly choose our own way, but we do get to choose our master.
Freedom comes not from the absence of having a master, but from the acceptance of God as the good shepherd. Serving God is not always easy, but it is always blessed. Refusing to serve God does not make us free, it only makes us servants of a lesser master.
This is why Jesus so often taught about obedience. Obedience to God is not a path of oppression, it is a doorway into freedom. When we obey (serve) God, we get free from the desires, temptations, and limitations that keep us trapped.
So, how do we serve God? Simply learn to say two words: “Yes, Lord.”