Monday, 14 September 2009

God's Freedom Walker

God’s Freedom Walker

I have recently been revisiting with great profit some of the George MacDonald novels edited by Michael Phillips. MacDonald’s heroes are invariably dedicated followers of Jesus who seldom or never “Go to church”.

In “The Musicians Quest” The chief character is explaining to a friend how he, a doctor, and others serve the Lord among the poor in London. Here is their conversation:

“Are you a society?” I asked at length.

“No. At least we don’t use the word.”

“What are you then?”

“Why should we be anything as long as we do our work?”

“Do you lay claim to no designation of any sort?”

“We are a church if you like. There!”

“Who is you clergyman?”


“Where do you meet?”


“What are your rules then?”

“We have none.”

“What makes you a church?”

“Divine service.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“The sort of thing you have see tonight.”

“What is you creed?”

“Jesus Christ.”

“But what do you believe about him?”

“We believe in him. We consider belief in him, however small far better than any amount of belief about him.”

And later the same hero says, “You must not imagine the result depends on you, or me. The question is, are you having a hand in the work God is doing? It shows no faith in God to make frantic efforts or lamentations. God will do His work in His time in His way. Our responsibility is merely to stand ready and available to go where He sends and do what comes our way.”

Then, a few days ago, I received an e-mail from a friend, who had been a patient of mine in my early days in New Zealand, in which she described herself, in a phrase that I felt I had to share, as being “A freedom walker for God” for the last forty years. You can see her blogs at

George MacDonald himself, his heroes and my friend are examples of living in the truth of the word Jesus spoke, “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” Paul too urged the Galatians to walk in freedom telling them, ”For freedom Christ has set us free, stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”


Blogger RON MONTGOMERY said...

Thank you for your encouragement through the words you share on your blog..they help me to me refocus on the Father during those tough nights on the peds oncology unit I work in..your brother in CHRIST...RON

15 September 2009 at 3:02 pm  
Blogger Kilauea Poetry said...

Terrific post-

6 November 2009 at 8:11 pm  

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