Dear church,

Freedom is important to us. People in our country are bristling right now under the notion having their freedoms impaired in various ways. By being “free,” we think of being autonomous. That means we don’t answer to anyone. We can do as we please.

But this idea of freedom is not the biblical idea of freedom. When the Hebrew people were slaves in Egypt, they had taskmasters. Those taskmasters gave them rules to obey and jobs to do. Those taskmasters limited the people’s movement and, basically, controlled their lives.

And God granted the Hebrew people their freedom. But that freedom did not mean the people of Israel could just do as they pleased. No, they were made free to be the people of God. They relied on God for everything – for food and clothing and direction and protection. And God blessed the people abundantly as they followed him.

Biblical freedom does not mean being autonomous. It means living for God. The apostle Paul said, “For the death (Jesus) died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

This isn’t a do-as-you-please kind of freedom. This is to do what God would have you do. We exchange our slavery to sin for slavery to God. We become slaves of righteousness and slaves of God.

Think about these things today. In what ways are you a “slave” to God?


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