Today is the 4th of July! It’s Independence Day. What better day to read these two chapters. Here Paul is reminding the church at Galatia that they are free in Christ. They no longer need to be bound in slavery to sin or the law. They no longer need to be burdened with the idea that their adherence to the law and their good works will make them better than other believers. It’s the grace of Jesus Christ that makes them free.
Paul urges us to use the freedom we have not as a license to sin, but as an opportunity to serve. That’s a good word for us today. It’s easy as Americans to cheer for freedom, but how do we use our freedom? Do we serve ourself – or do we serve others? Let’s celebrate freedom today. Lets barbecue and shoot fireworks. But let’s also use our freedom in Christ and our freedom as Americans to love and serve our neighbors well. Happy 4th of July!
“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 5:13