What is Freedom [Galatians 5:1 Daily Devotional]
What is Galatians 5:1 about?
Christ died and rose again so that we may be free. It is for the sake of freedom that we’ve been set free. However, slavery continues to knock on our door, waiting to be let in. Paul encourages us through his letter to the church of Galatia to continue to stand firm in Christ’s freedom. Otherwise, we run the risk of becoming burdened by slavery once again.
What is Freedom
We must define what Paul is talking about as “slavery” here. While slavery in the sense that we know today existed back then, Paul is talking about spiritual slavery. Before Christ, you and I were a slave to our sin and selfish desires. After Christ, we’ve been set free from that sin ad those selfish desires, but they still exist. This is why Paul is telling you to stand firm. Sin won’t give up until it’s made you think that it won. Rest assured, though, freedom has already been won through Christ’s sacrifice.
Here’s the kicker. Freedom doesn’t mean that you can go do whatever you want. Paul goes on later to write in Galatians 5:13 that we’re not to use our freedom to “indulge in the flesh” but to serve one another. This goes against what we think freedom is today. “Freedom” to many, maybe even to you, means never doing anything that you don’t want to do and always doing what you want to do. Not according to Paul. Paul is telling you through his ancient letter to put your freedom aside for a minute and serve your brothers, sisters, and the strangers around you who need what you have to offer.
Jesus, thank you for setting me free. Help me to serve others and love the people that you put around me. Give me the strength to put myself aside so that I won’t succumb to the yoke of slavery that my sin and selfish desires continually try to put on me. It’s in your name I pray, amen.