While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 24 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day nine with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to perfect freedom.
Called To Be Free
“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)
Do you ever feel stuck, or trapped, in some situation of life? Why? How much effort do you put into getting out of those situations? Why? Do you think freedom is more about what you can do or about what you don’t have to do? What’s the difference? Are there things you enjoy doing because you have the freedom to do them that you would not enjoy if it was something you had to do? Why? What is God’s idea of freedom when He calls you to be free? Explain. How does God want you to use the freedom He has called you to?
Freedom is one of those words that get thrown around a lot with most people having their own idea of what it means based on what they want to be free from or what they want to be free to do. God’s desire is that we would find freedom in Christ that sets us completely free from the bondage of sin. But not only does He want us to be free from the burdens produced by sin, He wants us to be free to do the works produced by love. Being set free leaves us with a choice on how we use that freedom and God calls us to live life free to love as He loves and to serve with complete humility just as He has served us.
As you pray, ask God to make known to you the glorious riches of the freedom you have in Christ. Pray that you would understand both what you have been set free from and what you have been set free for. Pray about how God would have you use the freedom He has given. Pray for the courage to live as one who is free to love and serve others. Pray that your life would be an example to others who need to know how to live a life of freedom.