Where the Spirit of the Lord Is, There Is Freedom [2 Corinthians 3:17 Daily Devotional]
Paul, the author of this letter, is writing about freedom. God brings freedom wherever he goes. He provides freedom from addiction, spiritual slavery, and sin – among other things. He also gives us the freedom to pray for others, serve them, and give generously. Generally, we can get caught up thinking that our freedom in Christ is simply the freedom to not do something. But actually, the freedom we receive from Jesus is the freedom that allows us to do the things he’s called us to, which we know is to love God and love people.
Where the Spirit of the Lord Is, There Is Freedom
The concept of “freedom” is somewhat of a hot topic nowadays, at least in the United States. The bottom line, though, is that the freedom Paul is talking about here is the freedom that comes from following Jesus. In that, you have the freedom to do pretty much anything you want, but Paul writes elsewhere that, while you do have that freedom, not everything is beneficial.
I encourage you to use the freedom you have in Christ for beneficial things. You have the freedom to either give food to the poor or not. You also have the freedom to give money to your church or not. However, withholding either of those things causes your heart to harden. You have options to serve others or let them suffer, but in doing so, you’re preventing God from working in you and in them.
Find ways to serve people; meet their practical needs. Find ways to give more and be generous. And find ways to pray for others and build them up in Christ. This is, in my opinion, the best use of the freedom we have in Christ.
Jesus, thank you for setting me free from my sin and shame. Help me to use the freedom I have in you to serve others well. Give me the courage to share where my freedom comes from. It’s in your name I pray, amen.
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