Inside several of the Nazi concentration camp (Auschwitz 1 for example), posted up for everyone to see were the words, “Arbeit macht frei.” These words translate as, “Work will make you free.” I can’t imagine how shallow and spineless these words must have appeared to the millions that were murdered in these concentration camps. Working hard certainly did not grant the prisoners their freedom. Yet, these were the poisonous words people in these concentration camps saw every day.
We are beyond grateful that this sickening period of time is over, but as we begin to look around spiritually, there is a very sad realization. Satan and this culture have put up bright, flashing signs that also tell us lies. “Your job will make you happy.” “Being a good person will earn you salvation.” “Money is the secret to a fulfilling life.” “Beauty will make you famous.” Every day people are filling into the poisonous trap that worldliness will help them, but the reality is that they are being imprisoned by their sins (Romans 6).
If we truly seek freedom and fulfillment in life, then Jesus gives us the answer in John 8:31-32, “…If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” The truth is that Jesus is the Son of God. If we obey His words, we will be free from our imprisonment to sin and find true meaning in this life (Romans 6; 1 Peter 3:21; Matthew 7:13-27).
Let’s not be deceived by Satan’s offers for a successful and purposeful life. In the end, it is nothing but lies. The only thing that can truly grant spiritual freedom and happiness is Christ and His sacrifice.