Worship Thoughts for Sunday 8.4
There are freedoms in this life – being debt-free, free from alcoholism and/or drugs, cancer-free – that unleash excitement and celebration. There is a freedom greater than these. The Christian experiences a freedom that is found only in Christ: freedom from sin. Romans says that Christians are no longer slaves to sin because of their identity with Christ (Rom. 6).
You can imagine having freedom in one of the areas mentioned above – many need not imagine, only remember or look forward to. Freedom is a gift of great value that often causes one to evaluate their own life – purpose, time with loved ones, experiences, etc. The Bible tells the Christian to serve others with their freedom from sin. Paul encouraged the Galatians, “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” (Gal. 5:13). Prior to salvation, we were not free to serve God and others, for it wasn’t our nature. Christians are freed from sin not to freely indulge in sin, but to freely serve.
Let’s serve our great God and Savior, who has redeemed us from death and won our freedom from sin, by serving others.