For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
The letters to the churches of Galatia were written to a people who were entirely consumed with the idea that through following the law, one could earn his or her salvation. The Galatians were so set on adhering to certain parts of the law that they were essentially enslaved to it. Then Paul writes them with wonderful news: "Christ has set us free." Isn't that such amazing news?
Like the churches of Galatia, often we are incredibly concerned with being rule-followers. When we live in this mindset, we forget the real reason the law was created: to bring us closer to God. In a similar way, when we stray from the law, we can also become prisoners to things that keep us away from God's love. If left unnamed, our sins and temptations can gain power over us, paralyzing us and preventing us from living to our full potential.
Here's the good part: Because of Christ's sacrifice, we are no longer held captive to the law, to our burdens and fears, to our sins and temptations, to other people…the list goes on and on. In setting us free from all of these things, Jesus has called us to live a new and fulfilling life in Him. We are free to make and learn from our mistakes. Paul later urges that this freedom enables us to serve our neighbor in love - because we have been freed from the law, we can love each other with the same love that God has showered on us. As you go through your day, look for ways to share this freedom and love with others. Be free.
Father God, thank You for calling us to live freely in You. Help us to remember that Your love for us is not based on our following the law but because we are Yours. In Your Name, Amen
Lisa Sampson - student, listener, friend