Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Galatians 5 is filled with truth about who we are in Christ. We are free. We no longer are slaves to try and fill the desires of our flesh, but as we accept the free grace of Jesus’ sacrifice to pay for our sins we are filled with the Holy Spirit who leads us to be more like Him [Father, Son, and Spirit — I do not know the details of how the Trinity works, but Scripture does define God in a triune being – fully God (Creator, compassionate Father, etc.), fully man (Savior, the perfect, sinless man in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s Son), and fully Spirit (who intercedes on our behalf, who leads and guides us, etc.)].
When I think of my life on a day to day basis, it is easy to observe ways I choose to fall into slavery rather than walk in the freedom God intends. It might look different than the more “visible” chains I see my friends in each week as we serve dinner. But there are chains of slavery nonetheless – selfishness, judgment, anger, control, impatience, unforgiveness (the list could go on). Satan would love if I didn’t even recognize the fact that I still am trying to live in my chains and not repent of these things (after all Paul writes God’s words to us – to not submit again to slavery). And secondly (when I do see the depths of the sin in my heart) Satan would love for me to feel the weight of the sin and shame and just be crushed by it. BUT GOD! Not only does Christ set us free, He states there is no condemnation now for us who believe – He sets us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). What good news!
I know how much I need to be reminded of my true identity – who God made me to be – who I can be through Christ. On my own I am nothing, but in Him I find the potential of who I can be. My fickle heart and mind must be retrained (Romans 12:2)! I could weep at the amount of work that still needs done in my life to consciously be renewing my mind, but God is so faithful and so good in how He cares of each of us. He gently leads and guides. Praise God He is coming back and will right every wrong and make all things new and perfect! I long for that day, but until then, I want to continue to seek out the freedom He intends. I want to experience full freedom in Him. Ultimately this is what Jesus promises in John 10:10-11 [Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus comes to give us life to the full – abundant life — if that doesn’t sound like freedom, I don’t know what does!].
My prayer this year is not only to experience more freedom in Christ and through Him in my own personal life, but that those around me could also experience more freedom. Particularly my friends who I love and see each week serving dinner through this ministry. May they come to know the One who can give true, abundant life and freedom! Continue pursuing true freedom, friends – God has so much in store for you!