Freedom is not a one-time event - it is a process.
There are moments in the Bible hidden in story, parable, and intrigue that are meant to drive the reader to a deeper connection with the creator. Then there are moments like this one in Galatians 5:1a (NIV):
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”
The writer Paul, who is known for his direct language to the local church, casts aside all pomp and circumstance to give simple language to God's people. It is as simple as saying, “You were given food, because you were hungry.” Well duh! The very nature of humanity after the fall was the burden and weight of sin. The Bible often refers to this burden as slavery. Your new master is your flesh and God's desire is to set you free from this master that burdens you. Why? Because it's a burden!
God’s plan was freedom. Freedom to live in your purpose.
“Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1b (NIV)
Easier said than done, right? Week after week and prayer after prayer we work to stay in this free life. But the work we do often falls flat and leads to personal burnout of us trying to “earn” our freedom. Paul continues in verse 13 with the antidote on how to truly grow in freedom:
“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.” Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
Church, today I want us to pray into our freedom process - that we cast aside our sinful nature as often and as quickly as possible. Not for the purpose of “Good Christian living," but because God has called us to love one another as Christ loves us, and this would be the sign of His free people.
God, we thank you for the sacrifice of your son, Jesus. We know that it was because of His work on the cross that we are free today. We pray we do not become so selfish in our freedom to think we can own or deserve such a great gift. Instead, send your Holy Spirit as a counselor to aid us to live in this freedom by serving and loving one another. Humble us in the same way your Son humbled Himself as a servant Savior in human flesh on this earth. Guide us as we grow as people, spouses, parents, employers, friends, and neighbors to the world around us. We ask all this in your mighty name, AMEN!
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