You were called to freedom. No one wants to be imprisoned. But sadly, there are many people who are imprisoned and are slaves of bitter past and of things that hold them down. Many are slaves to different kinds of ungodly passions and desires. Many become captive to different sorts of vices. But God’s desire for man is to have freedom. And Jesus Christ has the power to set us free and give us freedom. Jesus said,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, … ” – Luke 4:18
“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.“ – John 8:34-36
Use your freedom as an opportunity to serve in love. Responsibility comes with freedom. Along with freedom is the need for responsible action. It is not an excuse to do anything to your liking because you deem it good. Your freedom does not give you every license to speak and act in whatever manner that seems best to you without taking into consideration the effects and repercussions. You are accountable to what you do. Above all, you are accountable to God for your actions. When you are given freedom, use that freedom for the glory of God.
“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.” – Galatians 5:13
When God frees you from sin, slavery, and oppression, use that freedom to demonstrate God’s love to others through service. Serve with love. Serving others in love only points out that in freedom you take your focus away from yourself and your needs. You put the needs of others above yours. For how can love and service be effective if you choose to seek your needs first? This is contrary to the common view that freedom gives you the right to do whatever you want to do because you are free to do so. The Bible, however, speaks of exercising freedom in the context of showing love and serving others. It all goes back to the nature of Jesus Christ. He modeled love and service in all occasions written in the gospels. In God, there is no other way to express freedom but through serving others motivated by love. God’s freedom is spoken of in this sense.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45
Rejoice in your freedom in Jesus and use it to spread love to others.