Giving Thanks — November 25

You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love. 
Galatians 5:13 (NIV)

Today I am thankful for the freedoms I enjoy in Christ.  While our culture works tirelessly to convince each of us that freedom is all about doing whatever we want regardless of how it impacts others, God says that true freedom is all about being able to serve others according to their need.  I am thankful that Christ continually frees me from the pride and selfishness that would keep me from serving others.  I am thankful for the freedom to say no when an expected action would cause  harm to someone’s faith.  I am thankful for the confidence I have in Christ which gives me freedom from having to prove myself to others.  I am thankful for the freedom I have to ask God for wisdom, knowing He will supply it without finding fault.

It seems that the Christian culture has an ever-increasing lust for the world’s definition of freedom.  We do whatever we want, whatever we like, and whatever we enjoy with little to no thought about whether it is bringing glory to God or simply indulging our sinful nature.  Many are quickly dismissing the old standards of purity, integrity, and righteousness as being out-dated and no longer “in touch” with the culture.  And I’m not talking about standards created by our parents or grandparents; no, I’m talking about the standards found in God’s Word.  It is in this context that I am thankful to have the freedom to hold fast to what God says whether anyone else finds it fashionable or not.  I am thankful for godly examples of people who live with integrity in the midst of a broken world. 

I pray that you and I would fully value the freedom we have in Christ.  I pray that we would use that freedom to love people just as Christ loves us.  I pray that we would be honest with ourselves when we examine our motives and how we use our freedom.  I pray for a spirit of conviction when we project our sinful desires onto others in order to justify using our freedoms to indulge our own desires.  I pray that we would ask God to open our eyes each day to specific ways we can use our freedom to serve others.  

In prayer,
Tom  

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