Scripture: 1 Pet. 2:16
“Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves.” (HCSB)
Today is our final day in our devotional study series, Spiritual Freedom. We have learned that through faith in Jesus Christ, we have been set free from all commandments and ceremonies of the Old Testament. So, now, what do we do with our freedom? We are entirely free, so what is it that you really want to do? Today we have one (1) observation that will help us guide our decision. This observation, bulleted below, is more of a decision than a statement of fact, however:
- As free people, we have the option to submit to God and use our freedom to show the way for others, or use our freedom for evil, and show no thanksgiving to the One who set us free.
Let us take a moment to really ponder the question. Should I give my life to God and Christ? Or, should I use it to serve myself?
The decision is entirely yours. As captives to the Law, by faith, the Lord Christ broke the chains of the Law and now we rest in God’s ultimate grace, a mighty show of his love toward us individually. To be a Christian or Christ-one, we need to take our freedom and submit ourselves without hassle to God. We need to shine freedom’s light and show the way for others. There is no Christian who God ultimately calls to hold down a church pew. We are all training for the ministry. We are all called by God to use our gifts to rescue our fellow man. If you want to be a Christ-one, then use your freedom in full submission to the One who set us free. Do this out of love and your life will overflow with God’s blessings.
“Our Heavenly Father, we want to thank you for setting us free through the work on the cross of your Son, Jesus Christ. We know He died for our sin to loosen us from the Law that by our pride, tricked us into disobeying it. We were captives to sin. Now, we are not under the Law but under your grace as an extension of your mercy. We understand where there is no law, there is no sin, and we cherish our freedom. Let us this day choose you and submit ourselves willingly for duties you have predestined us to fulfill. Lord we thank you for all, in Jesus holy name, Amen.”