26 Mar True Freedom – 3/26/21
Galatians 5:13 – “You, my brother and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.“
Pre-Covid Adrienne thoroughly enjoyed traveling the world and seeing all the places God has created. Often times, before one trip was even over, I was already planning my next trip. One key travel trick I’ve learned is to fly with, at max, my backpack and a carry-on; no matter where I’m going and no matter how long I’ll be gone for – which might sound crazy to some. And it did to a younger, over-packing Adrienne. But I have found that the less stuff I travel with, the quicker I can get places and the less stuff I have to worry about. Think about it. Not checking a bag means not paying a checked baggage fee, not having to wait for a bag to come out of baggage claim, and not wasting time if/when your bag does get lost. Really, the less stuff I travel with, the more FREEDOM I have to do more things; more activities and enjoy more time wherever I’m traveling.
The book of Galatians was written by Paul in a time when the Galatian church was deserting the grace of Christ for a false gospel (Galatians 1:6). In Galatians 5:13, Paul reminds the Galatians that they were called to freedom through the true gospel of Jesus Christ. That true freedom only comes from the true gospel of Jesus Christ, not a fake one. And not only were they called; they were called for a purpose: to serve one another humbly in love. Although the true freedom that comes only from the gospel of Jesus Christ is profound and cannot be compared, ridding ourselves of any unnecessary baggage will provide us the freedom that allows us to serve one another humbly in love – out of the overflow of freedom that Jesus Christ has given us.
Lord, forgive us for looking to other idols and losing sight of the freedom you have given us; the freedom that you gave your Son for so that we may serve one another humbly and in love. We praise you for your grace and for the true gospel of Jesus Christ. We praise you for your faithfulness, even when we are faithless. Above all else, may your Son always be praised. And may your Word continue to be spread to the ends of the earth, that you may receive every ounce of glory that we can humanly give.