II Corinthians 3:17 (NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Do you recognize this picture? I hope so. It’s a picture of your life in Christ. You and I were once slaves on the auction block of sin. We stood broken by sin and sin outworking’s: Pain, despair, confused, discouraged, alone, sad, and without joy. Yet our loving and gentle Master-for reasons we may never know, and for reasons not found in us-saw value in us. And Christ our Lord paid for our freedom with His own blood, on a cross. Yes we are Valuable to God!
Through Jesus Christ, we have been freed from bondage. But that’s not the end, only the beginning. We must move on and ask the question, “What have we been freed for?” The answer: for Jesus Christ! We have been freed by Christ, for Christ. That is, so we might serve the Lord, praise the Lord, and give great glory to the Lord our God!
God’s purpose in redeeming men/women from sin is not to give them freedom to do as they please but freedom to do as He pleases, which is to live righteously to the Praise of His Glory (Ephesians 1:12-14)!
Prayer- Father God, I thank you that in you we are free, no longer bound by the chains of our sins. We surrender our lives to you, Lord and pray your will be done in and through our lives in Christ name, Amen.
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.