Your Easter Freedom
Acts 26: 32 “Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
Paul had done nothing wrong and they knew it but they were however legally bound to send him onto Rome. The difficulty they had was they could not think of a charge to place on him so that Caesar would understand why this man was before him. Paul as a Roman citizen had the right of appeal and he used it. Acts 25:11 “If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!”
Why did Paul really appeal? Was it because he thought Caesar would prove him innocent? NO … Acts 23: 11 “The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
Caesar and Rome was Paul’s destiny, where God wanted him to be, the place for his ultimate witness. If he had not held on to this then in the words of Agrippa he “could have been set free”.
There is a freedom that we could have if it was not for the path we are on. For Jesus it was Calvary, for Paul it was Rome and for us it is ???
You don’t have to go down this path. You can choose an easier route. There will always be people who will support you if you decide to abandon this narrow path. Rome/Calvary will cost you everything. It will mean you are saying goodbye to a certain freedom and embracing a deep surrender.
However, those along the path of surrender with all of its restriction and containment know a freedom that is only known here. When my children were young I wouldn’t let them out of the garden gate without me. If they had gone out on their own they no doubt would have experienced a freedom that other children were having. But they were limited by my purpose for their lives at that time. Within this containment they found great freedom, a place where they could grow and explore in my presence, in safety and in purpose.
You may struggle with the path you are on. You may look to the left and the right and think how amazing it would be to be there. You may wonder why you are not free to do so much more for God if only things were different. Let me suggest that the journey you are on right now is the right one. It is filled with purpose. It is aligned with your gifting. It is what God wants for your life. It may be difficult, you may have to pay the price but it is actually the best place to be free, to be who you are and to use your talents and to become all that you can become. It is your Easter freedom.