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Devotional - week of December 9, 2012


FREEDOM BY CHOICE

 

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1

The state of Arkansas has built a new maximum security prison with all the new security equipment money could buy. They plan to keep the inmates locked up.

However, few realize there is something different about this prison. The front gate is open—open to freedom. A prisoner may walk to freedom and never go back to a life of daily rules, regulations, and always trying to please their "masters." If one chooses, he may walk away from the confines of mental torment, loneliness, bitterness and resentment.

Sadly, most choose to remain in this prison. Occasionally, an inmate will walk by the “open gate,” glance at it—and then reject it. Some even become angry because they do not agree with this opportunity of freedom. They choose to continue their hard labor of trying to please their master.

In the same way, some Christians choose not to enjoy the freedom they have in Christ. The passage about freedom in Galatians 5:1 concerns freedom from the bondage of living by the law and the sin that results which Paul had written about in Galatians 4:21-31. In that passage, Paul had dealt with two covenants—the one God gave the Israelites at Mt. Sinai and the new covenant Jesus has provided believers today.

The new covenant frees us from bondage to the law which was demanded by the first covenant. When we keep ourselves in bondage to the law, we keep our flesh, our sin nature. in power. When our flesh is in power, we are in danger of doing any of the works of the flesh.

If we love God, we abhor the thought of being subject to the things the flesh can produce in us. Just as the inmates of the prison mentioned above can be free by choosing freedom, we can be free by choosing freedom from law by choosing to live out our union with Christ.