You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
What does the word 'freedom' mean to you? I think for most of us today, the idea of freedom has come to be associated with being able to do whatever you want. Most of us living in Australia would say that we are free, and yet we still live within the boundaries of our laws. We cannot simply do whatever we want, our laws prohibit killing and stealing and reckless driving and all sorts of other things. No, freedom is not about being able to do whatever you want, but it is about being able to make a choice. In Christ we have been made new and now have the capacity to live in service of others rather than only in service of ourselves. The Apostle Paul makes it very clear, we could use our freedom to indulge our own desires but we are called to use our freedom to serve one another, with humility and love. This is an increasingly difficult thing to do in a world which encourages self promotion and self interest. This is why we need a Christian community around us. If we were to live selflessly for others without the support of a Christian community around us, the world would chew us up and spit us out before we could blink. But when we know that we can rely on the support and strength of our Christian brothers and sisters, then we can spend less time taking care of ourselves and more time caring for others. This is the joy and freedom of Christian community.
Heavenly Father, thankyou for the life and freedom that I have through your son, Jesus Christ. I am sorry for the times when I use that freedom to serve my own selfish desires. Help me today, to use my freedom in you, to serve others and bring glory to your name. Amen
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