Most of us cherish the privilege of coming and going as we please. Most of us don’t like restrictions to our freedoms, and we resist conditions and rules which hem us in. Most of us strive for the independence that comes from self-reliance and self-direction.

However, many conditions in life modify that quest and cause us to lose some of our independence. Living in a civil society requires that we conform to the laws of society; otherwise we have the chaos that comes from selfishness. The young depend on the resources of the family and therefore need to conform to family rules. As we grow older, many of us lose some ability to do what we want simply because we are physically unable. Independence is a wonder goal, but most of us must accept losing a portion of our freedom in order to reach our other goals.

The goal of eternal life brings us to a surrender to God. I Corinthians 6:19 reminds those who choose to follow God, “You are not your own.” Verse 20 says, “For you have been bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” 

We may choose to be independent from God and to refuse his rule over us, but that refusal subverts the goal of eternal life. Romans 5:6 says, “While we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Jesus relinquished his freedom to come and die for us. If we wish to accept his offer of salvation and forgiveness, we must relinquish complete self-direction and accept his rule over us.

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