“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. ” Galatians 5.13
Does anything in that verse just jump off the page and grab you? The words of the last phrase do that for me: “by love serve one another.” We know that Paul is speaking to believers here by the use of his opening words, “For brethren …” He prefaces his remarks in the last phrase by reminding us of two significant truths: (1) you have been called unto liberty (freedom). What does that mean? In Christ we have liberty or freedom. The TRUTH has made us free when we realize that our service for God and to God is not done in order to gain God’s favor, but in order to demonstrate to the world that we BELONG to God. (2) do not use your liberty or freedom for an occasion to (please) the flesh. If we are not careful, Satan will succeed in convincing us that since we have this great freedom in Christ, we can DO anything we want. After all, you DO have ETERNAL life. But Paul speaks to us about intentionally serving others BECAUSE of this liberty we have in Christ. Since Jesus came “ … not to be ministered unto, but to minister” (Mark 10.45), we have the privilege of doing something just like Jesus when we CHOOSE to “serve one another.” Would it be possible, even profitable, for us to determine that TODAY we are going to “serve one another” because that is what Jesus did and that is what Paul instructed us to do? I’m in! How about you?