This weekend we celebrate our country’s freedom! I am so thankful to live in a country that appreciates, honors, & respects certain rights. But…what else does the word freedom mean to you?
For today’s Wednesday in the Word, I am sharing some scripture about Freedom & what it truly means to have Freedom in Christ!
It’s been a while since I’ve consulted with the google machine, so here’s our definition of what Freedom is:
While in America, we tend to think of freedom in the first context – the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint – I don’t necessarily believe that is what the biblical picture of freedom looks like.
Galatians 5:13 reads:
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.“
It interesting to see that we were called to freedom, but not as a way to benefit ourselves. In this world, freedom is all about self – doing, saying, believing, thinking, what WE want…without anyone telling us that we can or can’t or that we are good or bad for doing that. According to scripture, that’s just the opposite of our calling. Paul plainly says that we are to serve one another through love. I don’t know about you, but that’s not what I tend to see in our “free” country.
God is the author of freedom. He sent his son for it. And he wants all of us to have it. But some people don’t choose that freedom. Daily I see people enslaved to their jobs, their families, their responsibilities. Sure they’ll say their free – but their not. Satan creeps into our lives and breaks down the barriers of freedom. Bondage might as well be his middle name. If we are enslaved to worldly actions and ideas, we will never experience the true freedom of Christ.
Jesus died for our sins & it is through him that we are no longer in Satan’s bondage.
“For freedom has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do no submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
While I am so thankful for a country that allows such rights, I am so thankful for a God who gives me complete freedom in him! I no longer have to bear every burden, repay every sin, or fix every problem. The Lord has saved me, & I am free to live in his will!
Thanks for joining me for Wednesday in the word! What does Freedom mean to you?
Frankly my dear…I am FREE to be me!