Apparently, I learned the wrong phrase and even spelled it wrong. It is thought to come from a farm term ‘Olly, Olly oxen free’, meaning the day’s work is done, Unhitch the oxen.
But as children will do, they picked up the phrase. It became ‘Ollie, ollie out and free, meaning the game is over. Everyone can come out of hiding now.
I wonder if I used this term in a salvation message, what would be the response?
Ollie, Ollie, out and free! Come out of the shadows all you who have not yet believed in the Lord Jesus Christ! This is your moment! You can choose to be free of your sin by asking the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and your reward is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and eternal life.
What would you choose? Freedom or hiding in shame for the rest of your days?
It was for this freedom that Christ completely liberated us. Therefore, keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery which you once removed. (Galatians 5:1, AMP)
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So, take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. (Galatians 5:1, MSG)
No matter how I say it or spell it, the truth is still the truth. Choose Jesus and thereby choose freedom!