For the Lord is the Spirit and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
“Wherever”…then wherever believers are, there is freedom. As we have accepted Christ, His Spirit is in us, and we carry His freedom! This freedom reigns in our minds, our hearts, our lives, and affects change in the lives of those who we come into contact with.
I am thankful that our freedom is not based on feelings. I don’t always feel like I am walking in freedom. My freedom was bought at a great price – through Christ, His death on a cross, for my transgressions. I must choose to walk in the freedom that has already been bought for me. It is a daily choice. Sometimes hourly. And that freedom carries responsibility on my part. I walk in the grace of God’s love. I want to remain free.
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up in slavery to the law. Galatians 5:1
I realize that the issues that Paul was addressing with the Galations were different in some ways. Particularly in this scripture, Paul addresses the issue of circumcision. We may not find ourselves concerned with this exact same issue, we can still find ourselves focused on the outward things rather than the inward parts. In his letter to the Galations, Paul redirects their attention back to the greater truth of Jesus having died on the cross and paying for our freedom. He urges the people to stay focused on Christ, and not to become slaves to the law.
Oh how there are so many things we can tie ourselves to! Fill in the blank, “Now make sure that you stay free and don’t get tied up in slavery to __________.” Fear, anger, gluttony, debt, lies, gossip, hurts, selfishness. Anything really. There are many things that I could allow to govern my thinking. I must choose Christ. His freedom. His calling for me – and He has called me to FREEDOM!
“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galations 5:13
Called to LIVE in freedom. Of course the ultimate freedom will be experienced as we spend eternity in heaven. Paul is saying, live in freedom now. You have been called to it. Living free, a life without regret, a life full of the love of God, selfless love, serving others, staying free. Yes!
There is a battle raging. This battle can get my focus off of issues of the heart, and the freedom that Christ has for me, and cause my attention to be shifted to the things of this world. The things that trip me up. Paul has a solution for this as well.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are just the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. Galations 5: 16-17
I have great intentions. And God has great plans for me. I chose His freedom. His best for my life. I want ALL that He has for me!
“The freedom of Christ is worth the surrender of absolutely anything.” -Beth Moore, David: Seeking a Heart Like His