“The function of freedom is to free someone else.”
I don’t know how this thought hits you, but I can tell you that for me, it knocked me flat. And I mean that in a very good way. For if this is true—and it immediately resonated in my soul as fundamentally so—then it presents an entirely new measure for determining just how free you actually are, one that I would think is far more accurate than the more illusory gauges on which we typically rely, like the thickness of your wallet or the ease of your daily routine.
Here’s what I mean: When freedom is authentically present in a person’s heart and life, then that freedom will naturally and I think quite deliberately set about freeing the hearts and lives around it. What if freedom isn’t just about my experience of things—my life, my space, my enjoyment of the day? What if freedom, when it’s real, is inherently revolutionary? What if I’m not truly free until you are too?
I like this thought. And I find it puts a much more dangerous spin on these words from Scripture: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free” (Galatians 5:1). That verse has always confirmed for me how deeply God values my freedom—to the point of dying for me that I may have it. But perhaps it says more about God’s revolutionary intention than I had realized. He knew that authentic freedom, once unleashed in a single human soul, could not help but advance to free the hearts of all those nearby as well.
Are you free? Am I?
Take a look. The answer is all around you.