Welcome, Relentless Students! Today we start day 7 of the 30-day Devo. With that in mind, our practice has shifted. We were to unplug and not use technology for an hour, now the goal is to spend 15-20 minutes outside in nature (weather permitting).
Our passage today is Galatians 5:13-14 which says,
"For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
How do you picture freedom? Like really think about it. What comes to your mind when you think of freedom? For a lot of us, it's a bird being able to go to and fro without restraint. For some, it might be the image of slaves being released. Regardless, none of us think of servitude.
Whenever we see freedom in the new testament there seems to frequently be mention of since we are free, let us be slaves to Christ, or serve those around us. This isn't the image that comes to mind of freedom, so why live this way?
The answer is actually simple and found in a question, what are you free from? What were the circumstances that once restrained us and kept us captive? Death. We were slaves to death, held captive by its cold grip that would take us straight to hell. But with Christ, we have an alternative route. You see, Christ set us free from death because He conquered death. Quite fitting with Easter right around the corner. We celebrate His resurrection because it is through this we can be set free.
So, the cost of freedom? Devotion. All that is asked is that we grow in relationship with God and allow Him to work on us, molding us more and more into His likeness. The best part is all we have to do is say yes and move out of the way. You can't find freedom from anything that will cost you less than what Christ offers you.
How do we respond? Hopefully, by devoting our lives to serve God and those around us. Is this an easy task? Well, kind of... You see our selfish desires will constantly get in our way and try to derail us from serving. This is when we ask God for the strength to stay on point and move towards Him. Because just like Romans 12:2 says "...do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." It is out of this transformation that we can serve others in love.
Your challenge for today is to spend time in prayer with God thanking Him for sacrificing Himself to save us from death and devoting our lives to Him in thanksgiving for what He has done. I would recommend doing this while enjoying your time outside today and let nature be your audience.
Our prayer today
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. May we give our lives to you as you gave your life for us. Thank you for all that you God and may we remain ever thankful. We love you God and we feel your love. In your son's name, we pray, Amen.