“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”
~1 Peter 2:16
What does it mean to live a life of freedom?
This past Saturday, Americans everywhere celebrated Independence Day. We gathered (socially distanced of course) with our dearest friends and family, for a summer holiday full of sunshine and fireworks to celebrate the political freedom sought in 1776 through the Declaration of Independence. But, I don’t know about you, this year felt different. This year – a year that will undoubtedly go down in as one of the most transformational in history – has shed important light on a number of social topics, including the racial injustice still at play today. Although we won our political independence through that Revolutionary War, it is clear our country is not as free as we want it to be.
But beyond the injustices hidden behind veils of authority and white privilege that have historically prevented people of color from living a life of freedom, it is clear we, as a body of believers, are also searching for the spiritual freedom promised in a Christ-centered life. So, what is freedom, how can we find it, and what can we do once we have it?
The Good News is that Jesus already won this battle. We no longer have to search for freedom because it has already been given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus broke the shackles of sin and death so that we, as believers in the body of Christ, can live pure and blameless lives. Jesus declared us free from the burdens of sin, death, fear, anxiety, sickness, and worry the second He rose from the grave. Our freedom to live as new and forgiven children of God each and every day is one of the greatest gifts we could ever be given.
The Son has already set us free, so we must believe we are free indeed.
Although God gives without a cost, it is important to remember our spiritual freedom begins and ends with our relationship with the Heavenly Father. Just because God provides the opportunity to live freely does not give us the authority to misuse His incredible gift. The Bible says, “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” We are called to live as lights for God’s kingdom, living out the freedom given to us and offering the same for others through a relationship with Christ.
What will you do this week to showcase the freedom God so freely gives you?