“For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another.“ – Galatians 5:13 (NET Bible)
The Word of God teaches us that we are no longer slaves to sin, as sin’s guilt and power have been defeated on the cross. We are now free, but free for what?
Yes, we are free to love and serve God. However, today’s scripture points out another aspect of our liberty. There is a strong correlation between freedom and serving one another.
Serving one another should not be seen as an arduous duty driven by guilt, fear, or manipulation. To the contrary, it is the wonderful freedom Christ has purchased for us that motivates us to do good.
We are free to love and serve one another because we have been first loved and served by Christ Himself. Knowing Christ will set us free from a “ME” attitude. Since our lives are relational, our relationship with God will impact our relationship with others.
If you believe you have value, then you will also see the value in others. A person of value will always focus on giving to others rather than taking advantage of others. So, let’s use our gifts and talents to serve one another and bring glory to God.