Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 11 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day twenty-two with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, have been set free to serve God.
Free To Serve God
“Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.”
1 Peter 2:16 (NIV)
How willing are you to serve your family? Your church? Your God? What things make you more willing? Less willing? Why? Are there times when you want to serve in some capacity but don’t feel free to do so? Why? Are there things that you have the freedom to do that you shouldn’t do? Why? How would you live as a servant of God if you felt greater freedom to do so? What changes do you need to make in order to experience a true freedom to serve God in the midst of where you currently are?
In a culture that tends to worship freedom more than we worship God, God desires that we use our freedom to live as His servant. Many times I hear Christians talk about wishing they had the freedom to do specific tasks that sound big and noble. We don’t seem to mind the idea of serving God if we can do so in a manner that people notice. Yet God wants us to be free to serve Him regardless of where we are or how small the task may seem. As you pray, ask God to help you examine how you use your freedom. Pray that your freedom in Christ would be used to live as a servant of the Lord.