Freedom. It’s a word we hold dear here in the USA. It is central to our way of life. We have have freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom from oppression, freedom to move about freely, freedom of thought, freedom of action, freedom of religion…
Yet why is it so hard for some believers to understand what it means to have freedom in Christ? Do we truly understand the concept of freedom?
At our home church gathering last night, we studied Galatians 5. If you want an understanding of the meaning of freedom in Christ, this is a great place to go.
Sin is a snare. It enslaves us to death and destruction, but walking in the Spirit – seeking His kingdom first instead of our sinful, selfish pleasures. – brings us freedom from the chains of sin.
If you think freedom in Christ is merely freedom from the consequences of sin, you are only seeing half of the picture. Freedom in Christ means we are free from fear. Worries and cares need not dog us, problems need not trip us.
Freedom in Christ means we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. It means God put His desires in our hearts, and enables us to fulfill those desires. If only we will step out in faith.
Freedom in Christ means we can trust God. Period. Now. No “unless”. No “when I get my life straightened out”. He meets us each where we are.
Freedom in Christ is found when we are a slave to Christ. Not to empty dogmas. Not demanding legalistic rules. Not marginalizing others for their “sins.” Freedom in Christ requires us to understand how blind we are due to the log in our eyes.
Freedom in Christ is found in humble, faithful, loving servitude rooted in love. Take your freedom and invest it in others. Reach out. Minister. Feed. Serve. Bless. You are free to do whatever God has called you to do. Go do it with great gusto!