What are you going to do with your freedom?

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. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Galatians 3:13-14

When my kids were little we would give them their allowance for the month.  They would then split their bounty into three envelopes.  “Save”,  “God”, and “Spend”.  Once, after filling the first two envelopes, my boy asked, “What can I do with the money that is left over?”  My response was, “you are free to do with it as you choose.”  In that moment, he took the rest of his money and put it in the “God” envelope.  What a person does with their freedom says a lot about them.  What it said about my son at this moment was that he was free from greed and free to be generous.

Imagine your cell phone ringing and the caller ID says “God.”  When you answer, a tender voice on the other end speaks this sentence, “You, my child are free.  Free from the grip of sin, free from the power of greed, free from the stain of your past, free from the legacy of brokenness. You are free.” You get choked up and you ask, what do I do now?  With the slightest pause, you hear a chuckle on the other end of the line followed by this phrase… “Use it well.” Because what a person does with their freedom says a lot about them.

Now reread the sentences from the Bible above one more time.   You were called to freedom.  So make sure you do not use your freedom in a way that limits the freedom of others.  Don’t let your freedom enslave others in your sinful behavior.  Instead, use your freedom to bring freedom to others.  How?  Through kindness!  The instruction of God is simple.  Use your freedom to serve one another in love.  Use your freedom to love others as much as you love yourself.  Because what a person does with their freedom says a lot about them.

Today, how will you use the freedom to which God has called you?  You are going to meet people today whose lives are not free.  These people are enslaved to sin, enslaved to shame, enslaved to guilt, enslaved to hate, racism, bitterness, their past.  Simply put, they are not free.  The answer to them finding freedom is you.  They find their freedom as you use your freedom to be kind.  We are not talking about being nice.  Nice is what we are to people from whom we need something.  Kindness is what we do for others by giving them something they need.  This is loving your neighbor.  God’s instructions for your freedom; be kind!  Because what a person does with their freedom says a lot about them.  What do you want it to say about you?

Take a couple minutes and answer the following two questions.

Because of the gift of God’s freedom, what am I free from that once held me captive?

Because of the gift of God’s freedom, what kindness am I now free to give to someone else?

~ by OFF we go now on July 3, 2010.

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