You were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. - Galatians 5:13
Tragic repercussions happen when we allow fads and sound bites to dictate our thinking and our living. Legalism is simply a camouflaged absorption of self; it is acting as the instrument of our own righteousness. On the contrary, a gross abuse of grace occurs when we celebrate laziness, indulgence and excess as freedoms given in Christ. As we embrace the gift of salvation through faith in Christ, we are set free from the tyranny of self-focus and over-indulgence.
This verse is a simple and clear explanation of what real freedom looks like. It is found in forgetting ourselves and elevating another. As we die to the flesh that screams for centrality, we are freed to live a life that echoes the life of Christ. This is a gradual process of mental and spiritual realignment as the Holy Spirit quietly changes our appetites and perceptions, but the promise is true.
As we daily renew our minds through God’s word, the freedom to obey becomes easier and opportunities to serve become joyful, life-giving endeavors. We are free to offer grace and compassion to others as we co-labor in this journey. Self-promotion and complacency are diminished and beautiful fellowship is experienced.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, that those who You have set free are free indeed. Please help me to discern freedom for what it is and avoid the pits of legalism and excess. Amen.
Do you view obedience as a form of freedom from the carnal nature?
Looking back, how has God changed your appetite for sin to a thirst for holiness?
Tiffany is a child of God, saved by mercy and grace. She is married to a military man and they will soon be transitioning from the military. They have and home-school three amazing kids, two boys and one girl, who are 12, 9 and 6 years old. She is blessed with the privilege of being a stay-at-home-mama who has learned how important it is to laugh and that joy is a choice. Life has had no shortage of highs and lows but through it all, God has been faithful! The continual cry of her heart is to have less of herself and more of her Savior.