A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
July 4th weekend is a time for town parades, backyard barbeques, and the opportunity to remember the costs and privileges of the freedoms we enjoy in the United States. But for the Christian, the holiday weekend is also the perfect time to reflect on the liberty we have as disciples of Jesus Christ. These freedoms have come at a great cost, having been for us by Christ’s death and resurrection. But what are some of the liberties unique to every Christian?
In the Paul’s letters we find numerous references to the freedom that is ours in Christ. We have been set free from the power of sin, the law, and death. This change has a dramatic impact upon our fellowship with one another in the church for “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” In Romans and Galatians, Paul asserts that believers may hold different convictions on matters of indifference (non-essentials of the Christian faith). This testifies to the unity and diversity within the body of Christ and reveals that the foundation of our unity is Christ alone. But Paul also warns believers not to use their freedom to commit sin and impede the spiritual process of a brother of sister in Christ. As Christians we wage war daily against our sinful nature, therefore we must guard against using our freedoms in such a manner that we no longer serving others but only ourselves.
Have a great time celebrating this weekend the freedoms you have as you as citizens in both the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of heaven.