Our Freedom in Christ
What Freedom Looks Like – Part VI
Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:1-8
Key Verse: Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Please take a few minutes to read Ephesians 4:22-32. These verses describe in detail what it means to be a mature Christ-follower.
To summarize from these verses, a mature Christ-follower has these characteristics:
- Has a new attitude,
- Puts off falsehoods and is truthful in all ways,
- Gets control of anger,
- Does not steal,
- Does not allow unwholesome talk to come out of their mouth,
- Gets rid of bitterness and malice,
- Is kind, compassionate, and forgiving.
These characteristics make us great influencers for Christ and His Kingdom. Our freedom in Christ makes achieving this possible as we grow in our walk with God.
Here are some ways to grow into the kind of person God wants us to be.
First, God has protected the Bible over thousands of years so that we can use it to grow in our knowledge of Him. Get a Bible that is easy to read and start reading in the New Testament. I like the New International Version (NIV) and the New Living Translation (NLT). Both have been translated from the Greek language in which the New Testament is written.
Find a time every day to read portions of the Bible. When you come across something that you do not understand, write it down, and seek answers from your pastor or a friend who is a mature Christ-follower.
A daily time of prayer is another characteristic of a mature Christ-follower, who is enjoying their freedom in Christ. The Bible assures us that God hears all sincere prayers from those who have Christ in their hearts.
In Luke 18, Jesus tells us to never give up praying. Matthew 7:11 reminds us that God loves to give good gifts to His children, so never hesitate to ask for what you need or want. Finally, James 4:1-3 tells us that many do not have because they do not ask or ask with wrong motives.
One of the most common characteristics of a mature Christ-follower is their regular participation in worship with other believers. From the beginning of the church, it has been a priority to gather with other believers to encourage one another, sing praises to God, and have a Spirit-anointed leader teach from the Bible.
These disciplines bring to God’s people a freedom that one cannot find anywhere else. As someone once wrote: “the yoke of a free man is discipline”.
Have you developed disciplines in your daily routine?
Father, please help me to enjoy the freedom You give by using these disciplines to grow into a mature Christ-follower. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.