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 10 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-three with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, have been set free to serve others.
Free To Serve Others
“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)
How is serving others related to serving God? Is it possible to serve God without serving others? Why? Are there people you enjoy serving? Are there people you would rather not serve? What makes the difference? Do you find more enjoyment in having to serve people or in serving them out of love? Why? What things keep you from wanting to serve someone? How does gazing into God’s perfect law set you free to serve others? Does the “one another” part in God’s instructions to serve make it easier or more difficult? Why?
Many people have nothing against the idea of serving, as long as they are the one being served. Just as God has set us free in order to serve Him, He also calls us to use that freedom to serve one another. While this means we have the responsibility to serve others, the “one another” part also means there are times we have the privilege of being served. God’s desire is that we not take the practice of serving for granted, but that we serve because we love. As you pray, ask God to help you notice opportunities to serve. Pray that you would be filled with His love, and a love for people, as you serve one another.