New Life in the Spirit

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration MinistriesJune 28, 20182 Minutes

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was among the most important thinkers of the eighteenth century. Born in Geneva on this day in 1712, Rousseau believed that people become corrupt when they live together in society. Much of his life he focused on “liberty” and concluded, “Man was born free and everywhere he is in chains.”

The answer, he said, was for people to develop a “social contract” with each other. Then each person, “while uniting himself with all, may still obey himself alone, and remain as free as before.”

Rousseau’s quest for freedom and liberty helped spark the French Revolution, when the population rose up and overthrew the monarchy. Though initially welcomed throughout the country, the revolution degenerated into chaos and violence. Instead of leading to greater freedom, it became known for terror.

Napoleon Bonaparte, who came to power after that Revolution, once commented about Rousseau, “Maybe it would have been better if neither of us had been born.”

Throughout history, philosophers, scholars, and others have sought to find the key to freedom and new life. But as Paul said, the real secret is the Spirit of God. None of us are adequate in ourselves, or good enough to please God. And we cannot find true freedom through any person, movement, or work of the flesh. As Paul said, it is the Spirit who gives life. And He gives us true freedom.

Today, remember that real freedom comes as you make Jesus the Lord of your life. As you allow His Spirit to renew you and give you new life. Trust Him. He will set you free.