We all love this word: Freedom. From the scene in Braveheart to what is celebrated on July 4 in America. Freedom is something that has been fought for through the ages. No one wakes up and says: “I do not want to be free” or “I hope that someday I am not free.” People throughout the ages have been seeking and dying for freedom.
If people throughout time have sought out freedom in physical life, why wouldn’t you fight for freedom in your spiritual life? You don’t fight this fight like you do in our physical life, but this fight is something different.
If you look at Paul’s writings in Galatians 5 you see this: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (NIV)
Paul tells you that you have freedom through Christ. This means that Christ fought for you to set you free. That Jesus died for your freedom from sin. Jesus died for your past mistakes and promises you a future you can’t even imagine. Jesus died to give you freedom.
What do you have to do in order to receive this freedom? All you have to do is accept this free gift. You accept this gift of freedom. Period.
If you look ahead in the chapter you find Paul telling us this: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14, NIV)
You are called to use this freedom no to just do whatever you want. Often you think of freedom as the ability to do whatever you want to whenever you want to, but this is not what Paul told you. If you use your freedom in this way, you end up back in bondage to sin and restricted. You are no longer free. Instead, you are told to use your freedom to serve and love others. In this way, you are using the freedom that Jesus freely gives us to remain free.
So on this 4th of July, when everyone is celebrating the freedom we have as a country, remember the freedom that you are given through Jesus’ sacrifice. Take this opportunity to use this freedom to serve others in love today.
What do you think? What are you using your freedom for?
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