As I think of freedom I can easily relate it to this story. A young girl was being sold at auction. She was beautiful, tall and slender. Bidding was keen, and quickly mounted higher and higher until at last only two men were left bidding — the one a low uncouth fellow who swearing, raised his bid every time to outbid the other, a quiet man of refinement. Finally the bidding stopped, and to the gentleman who had bid so very earnestly was given the papers which made him the lawful owner of the young girl.

With a shove the auctioneer presented her to her new master. Proudly, defiantly, she stood before him, hating him with every part of her being. Suddenly, a change came over her face. First there was a look of pure amazement. Her owner was ripping up the papers of ownership, and with a smile of kindness, said to the now trembling girl, “My dear, you are free, I bought you that I could free you.”

Too stunned for speech, the girl merely stared till finally, with a cry of happiness too deep for words, she cast herself at the man’s feet, and through her tears exclaimed, “Oh, master, I’ll love you and serve you for life!” What the papers of ownership could not do, the man’s kindness had done completely.

The Lord Jesus loved us and has paid such a price, his death on the cross, that he might buy us from the slavery of Satan and free us. Some people say that when I get good enough, I will accept Jesus as my savior. Yet, the Bible tells us that Jesus loves us just as we are and wants to set us free. “But God demonstrates His own love towards for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NKJV).

The truth is that to be set free we must accept Jesus as our savior. The first step is to recognize that we are sinners. The Bible tells us that we are all sinners. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, NKJV). In essence there are only two types of people in this world--saved sinners and unsaved sinners.

Saved sinners know Jesus as their Savior because they prayed to receive Him in their hearts. This means they have a full and meaningful life from that day forward knowing their final home will be in Heaven. Jesus promises “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you and if I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3, NKJV).

Unsaved sinners will receive eternal punishment in hell forever separated from God. It is an unimaginable hot place where the heat never subsides. But Jesus has provided a choice, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16, NKJV).

The question is how do we accept Jesus as our Savior? The instructions are simple if we seriously want to live a life free from the fear of hell and know your final destination is heaven. The Apostle Paul wrote “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10,

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