Free... to Serve One Another!

I was reading through chapter 5 of Paul's letter to the Galatians the other day, and verses 13 and 14 (ESV) really grabbed me:

"13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.”

Don't you love how Paul sums up the Christian life in this passage, *|FNAME|*?

Paul reminds us that - because of Jesus - we enjoy freedom! Paul reminds us that our freedom in Jesus doesn't lead us to live for the desires of our flesh... our freedom doesn't lead us to live selfish lives where we look out for our own needs at the expense of others... but our freedom leads us to "...through love serve one another."

I love what John Piper says about Paul's words here in Galatians:

"When God fills the emptiness of our heart with forgiveness and help and guidance and hope, he frees us from the bondage to accumulate things and manipulate people. People who devote large chunks of their life to surrounding themselves with the comforts of this world testify that God has not filled the void of their heart to overflowing. When God is our portion and we are truly free, then we will serve one another through love."

I want to encourage you *|FNAME|*: continue to live in light of the freedom you have in Jesus and joyfully serve others through love.

There are so many ways that we can serve others. We can serve others in our workplaces. In our schools... universities... homes... in our church. Why not take some time today to pray and invite God to guide you in how He is calling you to serve now and into 2020?

As I'm sure you know, freedom and joy are not found in serving ourselves, but in serving one another through love!


Ps Joel Hawting

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