For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14
God has set His children free! Glorious truth that is!
But that freedom is not the freedom of an unsupervised toddler, free to touch and play and wander at will. We as Christians are called to use our liberty for love. Our life’s purpose of loving God and loving our neighbor will involve serving each other — not just doing whatever we want.
We can serve in so many ways. It will take wisdom to know how to serve each day, since the opportunities are endless.
- Serve your husband by running the two errands he asked, instead of getting all your tasks for the day done before saying, “Oops, I just didn’t get to that. Maybe another day.”
- Serve your neighbor by taking the time to stop and touch base for a few minutes, even though your coffee got cold.
- Serve your cousin’s grandmother by popping by the nursing home for cheery visits.
- Serve your neighbor by attending the fundraising banquet at the end of a long day to encourage the staff and financially support a good cause, if you are able.
- Serve the body of Christ by teaching children and young people the precious truths of Scripture.
- Serve your children by encouraging their walk with the Lord and growth in godliness, rather than only harping on the obvious failures.
- Serve a young mother by doing her laundry or cleaning her kitchen one day.
- Serve a missionary through regular notes of encouragement.
- Serve your pastor by listening to and carefully considering his counsel.
May God strengthen us to fulfill our purpose as we walk in freedom today.