“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
How many times have I read over this verse and not let the reality of it sink in. The simple, yet life altering truth, “For freedom Christ has set us free.” Take a second and think about that phrase.
*Ding!* Times up.
It almost seems redundant, doesn’t it? That it is for freedom we have been set free. What else would we be set free for? Yet we do not have the right to decide what we are set free for.
The one who is enslaved, when set free, is then indebted to the one who set him free. For before Christ, we were all slaves to sin, subject to its power and what it lead us to. We were powerless to sin and its ways in our lives. Yet Christ, through his death and resurrection has set us free. Therefore, we are indebted to him, and whatever he has freed us for we must obey. But, this is the beauty of our Lord and Savior, he chose to set us free for freedom. Not for another area of slavery or punishment, but for freedom.
Freedom to be who he has created us to be, and to worship him in freedom. Freedom to experience his love, his joy and his kingdom. Freedom from hopelessness, depression, shame, bitterness and ultimately sin and death.
For freedom Christ has set us free.
He has given us the freedom to be who we were originally and uniquely made to be and it is in this place that we experience the Lord in the deepest ways.
Christ has set US free, so that we may experience the freedom of his love. Jesus wants us to be free, he wants us to know him and experience who he is. Sin and death has been dealt with at the cross, now we may “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence” (Hebrews 4:16).
This freedom, brought by Christ, must be then lived out for Christ. For we are indebted to him. “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13). There is only one response to the freedom Christ has bought for us through his death and resurrection, worship. To worship him in this freedom. To worship him in loving him with all we are and loving others.