Liberty. As Americans this is a word that we cling to because it is what our forefathers fought for…freedom is never free. It comes at a great price…sacrifice.
As Christians we often talk about the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and the great gift of eternal life that is ours as children of God. Yet, do we consider that as Christians we are actually called unto liberty?
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13
When we accepted the gift of salvation that wasn’t meant to be the end of the road for us as Christians. There is so much more that God desires for us…He has great plans for us! God wants us to choose to live in the freedom and liberty that He has provided for us.
Before we became Christians we were servants to our flesh and the ways of the world, but with Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary we don’t have to be anymore. We have been called unto liberty. This means that we are free, Christ paid the price so that we could have freedom from sin and shame. We no longer are chained to the world and the snares that used to entangle us.
Liberty is ours…if we choose to cling to it.
While we live in this world, we must make the choice to not be of the world. God does not make us live in liberty. He doesn’t force us to embrace the freedom Jesus’ sacrifice provides. We each have our own free will and it is up to each one of us whether or not we will accept the call of liberty.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
If we choose to live like the world we are picking up the very chains that Christ broke and we’re giving up our freedom.
As a Christian we must remember that we have obligations to adhere to within our freedom in Christ. We are not gifted this alone, each child of God has the same liberty that we have and we must honor that. Our personal Christian liberty is no greater than that of another Christians. We will not always agree with each other, even as children of God. So, we must remember the greatest commandment…to love one another. As long as our fellow Christians are following God’s Word then we must choose to love them…no matter what our differences may be. We also need to follow Jesus’ example and take on the form of a servant. When we put both of these together, we’ll be making the decision to serve each other in love just like Jesus did.
How will you embrace the liberty you’ve been given in Christ today?