Purpose-Driven Freedom

“For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13

Purpose-Driven Freedom

The text, Galatians 5:13, was given to empower the church to freely pursue their God-given purpose of service to each other in love.  God always entrusts humanity to attend to the needs of each other in the spirit of eternal love regardless of the contextual circumstances of life. 

In other words, the Lord does not expect us to wait for the best time to serve but to serve purposely, during the best of times and the worst of times.  This may be because often times, spiritual growth is cultivated during the worst of times—during sickness, bereavement, or some other physical, financial, or emotional crisis.  We are called to serve with purpose and with our whole heart; to put some grease to our service in the community, at church, and wherever and whenever the Spirit calls us.

The congregation of the Galatian church received their call and were admonished to prioritize properly during hardship and as they endured opposition.  It is here that Paul empowered the church to focus not on themselves, but to enmesh themselves in their purpose and become all that God intended them to be.  As a result they were set free by the Spirit to pursue their discipleship objectives within the community, leading others to Christ Jesus, the Light of the World.

 “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these the homeless, tempest-tossed to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” Emma Lazarus.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes

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