As we celebrate our nation’s birthday this weekend and thank God for the freedoms we celebrate as a people, I began to reflect on what is the purpose of freedom, and what are the responsibilities of those who have it.
“What the Messiah has freed us for is freedom!
Therefore, stand firm, and don’t let yourselves be tied up again to a yoke of slavery.”
We have been freed to walk in freedom! So many of us have act as though we’re still in bondage when we have been granted freedom. Whether its as citizens of this great country or as children of God, we fail to step out into the greatest gift we have ever been granted – our freedom. We have the freedom to say what we want to say, go where we want to go, do what we want to do!
Are we speaking life, into our nation, our friends and families, our churches, or are we speaking death? We are FREE to do either.
Are we going to church with the intent to grow and go into the world and make disciples, or are we attending church out of a sense of obligation, choosing lives of apathy? We are FREE to do either.
Are we doing the work of the ministry and bringing about reconciliations between God and man, or are we causing more division by our very actions? We are FREE to do either.
While in context, Paul is referring to the act of circumcision among gentiles, in Romans 2:29, we are told, “True circumcision is of the heart, spiritual not literal; so that his praise comes not from other people but from God.”
Yes, God has granted us freedom, and because He has so graciously granted it, we must choose to stand firm in it. He has not called us to balk at the responsibilities that come with it, but rather to embrace it wholeheartedly so that we don’t become enslaved again. Whether it is our freedom from sin, or the freedoms granted to us by the US Constitution, we have an obligation as freemen to set at liberty those that are bound.
It is for freedom you’ve been set free! Proclaim freedom! Embrace freedom! Share freedom! BE FREE!