Have You Been Set Free?

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.”

Have you thought about what Christ has set us free from?

July 4 is a few days away, and many of us Americans will focus on the celebration of our independence and the freedom we have in America.

However, all of us Christians in the world can celebrate our eternal freedom in Christ. He has set us free from guilt, sin, Satan, separation from God, and eternal death.

Paul knew the Jewish people had been slaves to Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. In Jesus’ time, many were slaves to Rome.

When the Galatians weren’t Christians, they were burdened by the yoke of slavery to false gods.

Some of the early Jewish Christians tried to impose the yoke of legalism and Jewish traditions on the new Gentile Christians.

In our day, the emphasis on climbing the corporate ladder and wealth deprives some people of their freedom in Christ. If I’m not careful, I can get caught up in work and perfectionism. What about you?

To avoid the yoke of slavery, we are to “Stand firm.” If we don’t, the devil can deceive us, and we can become slaves to sin again.

One form of deception is to believe our good works will set us free. That belief tells God we don’t think what Jesus did on the cross was enough, and we need to help him.

Dear God, thank you for your Son Jesus Christ, who set me free. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to stand firm and not be burdened again by the yoke of slavery?

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