All throughout the Christian world Christians scream “I’m free!”
Non-denominationalists shout about being free from sin, while Baptists yell about being free from the law. Both are absolutely right. Right now I want to focus on what we are to do with our freedom in Christ.
During this past week I’ve heard the same message from several different sources:
We want to be saved with our sins, not saved from our sins. Or, we want Christ to free us from our sin but we’re not really interested in serving him. This is wrong.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10
Christ saved us because He has work for us to do. We don’t work to get saved, but rather we work because we are saved. We’re not saved and free to do whatever we want to do, even though we’re blessed with His amazingly, pure grace.
We should have the mindset: I am free to be used by the Lord.
We truly are not free to ourselves, but rather free to be of service to God. We don’t belong to ourselves, we belong to God:
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” I Corinthians 6:19-20
One thing I’m learning about Christ is that He never gives us anything to only fulfill our own desires, including our salvation. In other words, we’re not free for the sake of being free. He freed us from being a slave to sin so that we can be a slave to Him. He saves us so we can serve Him. He was himself a servant! He said with his own mouth:
“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28
What am I saying? We must be wise with how we use our freedom. Let’s not take advantage of amazing grace, but instead let’s use our freedom to honor God.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:1-2