Freedom To Serve
In reading Galations 5 today, I’m again struck by God’s intent that we understand what the freedom, given by Christ, is for. In Gal. 5:13, Paul says “For you have been called to live in freedom, not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. 14. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Paul is of course, quoting Jesus here in saying that we’ll fulfill all that God desires us to do, the entire law, if we’ll just choose to love and notice how he equates the word "love” with the word “serve." He says we’ve been called to live in "freedom to serve one another” then he reiterates his point by saying “remember what Jesus said? If we’ll just choose to "love one another” serving their needs as if they were our own, we’d become who God intends us to become.“
We have been given freedom to serve. We haven’t been given grace so that we are allowed to continue to sin or "slip-up” whenever we feel like it. We are not given “freedom” to live however our emotions tell us and then ask for forgiveness. We are given freedom to do as Jesus did and become who Jesus was on the earth - a walking representation of Father, God - someone bent on serving, bent on forgiving, bent on accepting everyone, bent on speaking the truth in love. We have been given freedom to serve!