When I think of freedom. I flashback – to the last day of school, the bell rang and I was released for a whole summer.
The first day or two, I’d sleep in. Enjoy ice cream in the middle of the day. Tune into daytime television, and sometimes even take a nap in the middle of the day. But, eventually I had to face the reality that I still had to do my chores and go to my summer job.
When I finally finished school I was truly free from the deadlines of semesters and grades. Then a new life emerged where I faced the long term reality of what I would do with my freedom. Would I invest in slack time, or use my freedom to become responsible. I was free, but for what purpose.
In Galatians chapter 5:13, Paul writes to a church struggling to understand true freedom. Some false teachers promised that freedom was found in strict religious requirements. But, Paul argued that freedom comes by God’s grace alone.
Paul’s teachings on grace came with a warning. He wrote, 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.
Jesus died on the across to provide full freedom and forgiveness from our mistakes, from our sins and we have choice regarding just what we’ll do with such freedom. Would we take advantage of God’s grace and do whatever we want. Or will we take advantage of God’s grace by serving others in humility and love.
Experiencing the freedom we have in Jesus, influences what we do with it. Instead of indulging in the easy feel good. Let’s invest our freedom in loving God, and loving others.
God bless you,