Bible Verse: “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)
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:13-25
What does it look like to be free? When we think of complete freedom, we often picture a successful figure at the top of the corporate food chain and has everything he could ever need at his fingertips—a life without restriction or restraint. This is certainly the idea of freedom that we are fed by the world around us. Much of the current approach to sexuality and relationships depends on this view of freedom. As free-thinking people, we have the right to make of ourselves whatever we want to. Any restraints placed on us are considered oppressive.
How, though, should we understand freedom as God’s people? What does it mean to be free in God’s economy?
The Gospel is a message of freedom from beginning to end. As people who have trusted our very existence in to Christ’s hands, we experience total freedom from the penalty of sin. We also hold onto the day when the whole world is liberated from its broken state. This realization is meant to impact not only our personal lives, but our public ones as well. Each day, we are invited to engage in our work and relationships as people who belong to a different world. Through lives of integrity and charity, we demonstrate to the world around that we are set free. This kind of freedom is radically different from than the one the world encourages us to pursue.
A truly free man is not someone who lives their lives without restraint, but someone who lives in God’s service. Freedom is not experienced as someone rids themselves of all the standards of others but someone who brings themselves low before God. This is how we discover life as it was meant to be. This is a radically unique understanding of freedom—one that demonstrates the beauty of life in God’s Kingdom.
Take a moment to ponder how you have experienced the Gospel of freedom in your life. What fruit in your life shows that you have journeyed from slavery to freedom?
— Joel Nafziger, Ministry Associate, Crossridge Church, Surrey, BC.
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