“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 NLT
I really love how Paul builds on this narrative about the freedom we have in Christ. But it comes with some parameters. After exhorting us to stay free & warning us to keep from enslaving false doctrine, this passage now provides guidance to use this freedom God provides, not just for our own benefit but to humbly serve others.
This is counter culture which glorifies serving and indulgence on selfish desires ( beyond self care). Now that we are free we should use it to love and serve others.
As Toni Morrison famously quoted “ The function of freedom is to free someone else”. This is a good paraphrase of this scripture.
Now that God has made us free. We should be conduit of Grace, love, mercy, service and freedom for others. Help us O Lord, to walk in this kind of freedom with a heart to serve and liberate others.
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
I meant to post this scripture on MLK Day, because it illustrates one of his more famous quotes on being great through service. The partial quote says, “Anybody can be great because anybody can serve …. you only need a heart full of grace…”
The scripture states that God abundantly pours out grace to us, not only just to meet our needs, but to bless and serve others also. We are conduits/ vessels of God’s grace to others. It’s no wonder that Dr. King said it only takes a heart full of grace, because we can’t serve people well when we are on empty. We become resentful. But when we allow God to continuously pour His grace in and through us, we can joyfully serve others.
Jesus, our example who is all grace, said it this way Matt 20:26-28 “ Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”