HAPPY 4th of JULY WEEK!
I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating this great country of ours!
“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.”
In America we value freedom above all else, but we were never meant to use that freedom to just indulge our sinful nature. God tells us to take that freedom and to serve one another in love!
So the question for us this week is…
How are you doing at exercising your freedom?
We have a double freedom as Americans and followers of Christ Jesus. We have the freedom to go after, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and as Christ followers, we are now free from the bondage of sin and death.
Therefore, our freedom does not just allow us to live selfish lives doing things that are wrong, but to pursue a God honoring life and do what is right!
Paul says in Corinthians “All things are permissible, but all things are not beneficial.”
I Corinthians 6:12
For example, I have the freedom to eat a dozen cupcakes! And I’m not gonna lie, there are days when I think of doing just that! However, that would not be beneficial to my body!
As well, I have the freedom to binge watch FRIENDS until my hands grow numb from doing the intro clap,”Da da da dada!” That would only leave me “stuck in second gear!“
You probably have your own list of “I’m free to do…” The question remains, is that beneficial to you, to your friends, to your family or to others?
Freedom is a great privilege, but not when we abuse it!
Discipline #8-Exercise your freedom in Christ!
As we celebrate the freedom that we have as United States citizens, we celebrate patriotism which is the love of our country, and the freedom that it provides us.
Do you want to make your country even better? Then use your freedom in Christ to serve one another!
In Christ we are free to love and serve one another well!
Next week get ready to summer splash!
Speak Truth Love