Hoping to share the love, joy, and grace I have received in my own life.

Freedom to Serve

on July 7, 2017

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. ~1 Peter 2:16

My goal to write seven consecutive daily devotions on freedom is complete today.  I’ve found it to be a help to me on my new journey and have decided I may be able to keep it up a little longer.

Today’s passage reminds us that although we are free (especially in our country) we need to be careful how we use our freedom.  Back on July 3rd, I mentioned how we serve one master, either God or sin.  In this first letter from Peter, although he is telling his readers to submit to the law of the land (at that time the Roman empire under Nero) Peter is clear to state that we are to live as servants of God. Earlier, in Acts 5:29, Peter stated with the other apostles that “We must obey God rather than human beings.”  In our country we are able to live according to the laws and at the same time to be obedient to God.  If there is something we are being persecuted for, as Christians, it should be for obeying God and not for breaking civil laws.

In looking at it this way, it could be said that we are enslaved to God.  Our freedom can be used as a tool for living a joyful, energetic life in His service.  God gives us these freedoms so that we can reach our highest potential.  We just need to choose to reach for the best God has for us and not be chained by religious rules and eternal guilt.  When we let go of our own desires and begin to answer the call that God makes on our lives, that is when we get to see the real freedom and joy that is available to us in this world through our relationship with Him.


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