Freedom is a tricky word.

I think we all enjoy freedom. One of the perks of getting older is increased freedom. Later curfews, more driving privileges, increased access to technology, and less supervision are all perks of getting older. But what is freedom, really? We get a better understanding of what freedom is, and what it’s not, in the book of Galatians.

“It 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… You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:1, 13)

Jesus has set us free. He has set us free from our burdens. He has set us free from our sin. He has set us free from having to follow all of the rules just to have a relationship with him.

But the freedom that Jesus provides isn’t an excuse to do whatever we want.

We can fall into the trap of thinking we can live our lives how we want because at the end of the day, Jesus will forgive us. Yes, Jesus is forgiving. Yes, Jesus is full of grace and acceptance. But he calls us to a better way of living. Jesus came so we may experience life to the fullest, and there is no way to live a full life outside of God’s design.

At the end of the day, freedom is not an excuse to seek pleasure, but an opportunity to serve people.

How can you use the freedom Jesus has given you to serve someone this week?