For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 ESV
When God calls us, He called us to freedom….liberty. He did this for a distinct purpose. That purpose ….. to love. Love- which you express by serving one another. Many times this call is confused by a life governed by rules. Rules that never do anything to complete our salvation nor has ever been able to do so. When you start to live your life concentrating on the rules rather than service by love, you begin to travel a road which will never bring satisfaction. You will begin keeping score as to how well you’re able to follow these rules compared to others. When you keep score, your focus moves from glorifying God to your own abilities. The flesh tends to measure success based on performance. But God’s measure is based on the evidence of His Son in your life. Rules tend to frustrate…the blood of Jesus liberates. Rules cause you to grow weary….Love causes you to run and not grow weary. These thoughts aren’t to imply you can live performing whatever actions you wish without consequence, for the Bible teaches you will reap what you sow. Because of grace, we can love and serve freely doing everything in gratitude because of His precious redeeming blood. So let us look at three principles of this call.
CALLED TO FREEDOM. I have heard of someone seeking freedom, but as a Christian you were CALLED to it by God. It is freedom that comes as a result of mercy and grace not performance. It is freedom to know that in Christ you have been forgiven of all your sins/crimes and the consequence of those sins/crimes against God. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:2 ESV …. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 ESV
CALLED TO LIVE GODLY. Sin is a prison to the soul and will keep the soul in bondage for the person who lives there. The Bible records instructions by Jesus when forgiving or healing a person. He said, Sin no more John 5:14 ESV Sin will enslave you but there is freedom in Christ.
CALLED TO SERVE. God called you not to be a spectator but a servant, a messenger of the good news of the gospel in Christ. In the following verse take Paul’s name out and insert your name. Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God. Romans 1:1 ESV We have all been set apart to serve by sharing the gospel of the good news of Jesus. Yes, we are to serve other Christians but the greatest service we can do for God is to share the gospel message of Christ.
May all that we do as Christians be motivated by this freedom call on our life.
Because of His Grace ~ David