FREEDOM TO SERVE

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Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 

Freedom is a very precious possession. Every created thing desires and enjoys freedom whether it is an animal in a cage, an insect in a jar, or a dog on a leash. It is no different for human beings. The problem is all mankind was sold into the slavery of sin, satan, and the curse when Adam fell in the Garden of Eden. We would all be slaves now and forever with no hope of deliverance if it hadn’t been for God sending Jesus to set us free.
Whom the Son sets free is free indeed (Jn. 8:36).

 

As born again believers Jesus paid the price for our redemption to be free from sin, satan, sickness, and the curse. All of this freedom was purchased for us in Jesus paying the redemption price (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 1:7) and all made available by the exceeding grace of God. We didn’t earn it, work for it, nor deserve it, but it is ours. We are now free to live as we ought to (by God’s will and standard) not as we want to (by self will and our standard).

 

Jesus died for us to set us free not to serve ourselves but to live a life of service to God and service to others. Now by the grace of God we’re free to serve God out of love and gratitude for all He has done for us. Our freedom, of course, is not freedom to be selfish and indulge the flesh (Gal. 5:13, 19, 21). It is not freedom as an occasion (starting point) or opportunity to live by our fleshly nature, indulging it, yielding to its lusts, and inclinations. It is freedom to serve not to sin.

 

Second Corinthians 5:14-15 explains it when it says, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” From the point of salvation onward we are not to live unto ourselves but for Him. The same love that was in Him is in us and it constrains or compels us. I heard it best put this way. The love of Christ:

 

Moves us FROM something (sin, satan, darkness, and evil)

Takes us TOWARD something (The will of God, Christ-likeness, our purpose in life)

Keeps us IN something (right living, faithful service, loving obedience).

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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