Freedom. Something we all value and something we will celebrate this month as we remember our nation declaring its independence from the mother country. Freedom is something recently explored in our Vacation Bible School, as we looked at God freeing His people from captivity in Egypt by sparing the baby Moses; freeing His children from the oppression of the forty years of desert exodus; freeing Naaman from the binding effects of leprosy; Freeing Paul and many others from death by saving the ship on which he sailed; and freeing us through the waters of baptism as we viewed Jesus becoming one with us through His baptism.
Freedom is a great gift. We are given freedom to worship God in the way He guides us to worship. We are given freedom from sin, death, and Satan through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. We are given freedom to serve Him.
This month, as we remember those freedoms given and received, let us not forget the giver of all good things: our Heavenly Father. St. Paul reminds us as he writes the Galatian Christians: For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (5:1) Later in the same chapter he writes: 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. St. Peter reflects the same when he writes: Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Free. Servants of God. Sharing His goodness and His love!
Pastor, Biblical Counselor