Set Free To Serve (Galatians 5:13-15)
We’ve been set free to serve. We’re not used to being free and having instructions on what that freedom means.
Paul is talking to people who had come out of the Jewish faith that was filled with rituals and traditions. The church in Galatia began to revert back to faulty thinking; that is, thinking that rituals and tradition would help them keep their salvation.
Service is The Result of My Freedom
1) There is a celebration of freedom
We can celebrate that we are no longer bound and held captive by sin. We can celebrate that we are no longer bound to the guilt and shame of sin (Romans 8:1).
2) There is a caution of freedom (v. 13b)
Don’t use your liberty as an opportunity for the flesh.
“Grace does not give you the license to do what you want to do.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp
- Whenever you decide to commit sin, you are a slave to sin – John 8:34
- You have escaped from the power of sin, why go back. – II Peter 2:18
- Don’t use your freedom as a cover for evil. – I Peter 2:16
“We’ve been saved from the power of sin, but not the presence of sin.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp
3) There is a call of freedom (v. 13a)
We were called to liberty. We’ve been called out of being a slave to sin, and into being a slave to service.
Service is Through Love
Often we decide how we will serve based on our opinion of who we are serving. But God’s service is through unconditional love. (John 3:16)
Service is To Others
“Don’t let your flesh be the base from which you operate.” – Pastor Ferne Sapp
You can use your liberty in one of two ways: you can make it about you or about others.
Walk In Community With Others – Make your service about others
Walk In Compliance To The Law – Love your neighbor as yourself
Stay Away From Conflict – Stop destroying, biting, and devouring one another