“Have I not set you free for their good?” — Jeremiah 15:11 (ESV)
Oh how easy it is to take our freedom as Christians for granted. It is so easy to focus on ourselves concerning the freedom that comes with knowing Jesus that we become self-focused, forgetting our purpose and a main reason for the freedom that we have.
In Jeremiah 15, Jeremiah is complaining to God. And honestly: I can completely understand why. He’s the prophet called by God to preach an unpopular message while all of the “prophets” spoke the things that everyone loved to hear. The only problem with the message from “the happy news prophets” was that what they spoke was not from God. God said, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not sent them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds” (Jeremiah 14:14). And then there was Jeremiah, faithful to preach God’s word and hated by the multitudes for it.
So he complains. And God answers. And one of the first things that God reminds him of is the purpose behind Jeremiah’s freedom. He was free for their good, not only his own. God goes on to encourage him, but what a needed reminder.
And this reminder is still so needed for us today. Our freedom that came with our surrendering to Christ is for their good, not just for our own. But are we living as if this were the case? Our mission is to introduce a lost world to Jesus, to introduce them to freedom because we live in that freedom. It is for their good that we know Jesus. It is for their good that we are free. It is for their good that we can point them to Jesus.
In all honestly, maybe our freedom has less to do with us and everything to do with them.