It is for freedom to have an abundant life that Christ has set us free. Unless a grain falls to the ground and dies, it cannot bear a crop of plenty. Unless one dies to oneself, the new life cannot flourish. In Christ I am free to be me, the person by God’s original design. I am free to grow, free to mature into the full measure of Christ in me.Galatians 5:1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Even after tasting the freedom from slavery in Egypt, the Israelites still wanted to return to Egypt when they came across obstacles in their journey to the Promise Land, a land where they could live out their full potential as a free people. They would rather live their old life of familiar suffering than a new life of exciting opportunities. Similarly, in our spiritual journey of faith we will encounter setbacks. Do we want to give up our new found freedom after our new birth in Christ and return to the bondage of religious formality and the letter of the law? Apostle Paul thinks not. He said we must stand firm to resist that tendency to live in the law of death (Ro 8:2) than in the law of life. It is in the law of life that we will find freedom to love God with all our heart, mind, and spirit and obey Him as well as to love others as we love ourselves.
Lord, circumcise our hearts instead of our flesh. Let our love for you grow and motivate our every act in life.
Lord, continue to draw us close to you and empower us to live out your Spirit in our life. Demonstrate your freedom in us! Amen.
Tom and Tehwan Tso
“The outcome of your faith is the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:9
“信心的果效， 就是灵魂的救恩” 彼得前书1：9