Fourth of July. A time to celebrate our independence…a time to honor those who have given us our freedom. Its fun to see family, break out the red-white-and-blue’s, grill some hotdogs, go to a ballgame, watch some amazing chemicals explode in the atmosphere, see how close you can let the sparkler get to your fingers before it burns you, and set those weird little black pellets on fire and watch them turn into little worm things that burn marks into your sidewalk. (oh, the memories…)
Freedom has been a topic of conversation at work lately because it is one of our themes for this year’s camp. (uh oh, did i just give it away?!) 🙂 But in all of our talk of freedom, I’ve forgotten about a crucial verse concerning this very truth. It describes the very purpose of freedom. And i was reminded of this verse by some crazy radio-evangelist who happened to be belting it out across the airwaves last night:
Galatians 5:13 “You, my brothers, were called to be FREE. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature ; rather, serve one another in love.”
We weren’t set free simply to be free. We were set free with a purpose. Take it politically or spiritually…take it however you’d like. We have a purpose and an obligation with the gift we’ve been given. The truth is, our freedom wasnt simply for our own sake..it was for the sake of others. Not to please ourselves, but to serve others.
What are you doing with your freedom?