All of us have experienced the disappointment of overcoming a negative belief or habit only to fall back into the same old routine. It seems as though we take three steps forward, but two steps back. In frustration we may cry out, “Will I ever be free?” The Apostle Paul encouraged the Galatians how they might experience freedom and this applies to us as well.
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
Do you understand the significance of Christ’s ministry? Christ not only provides the opportunity for you to have eternal life, but you may also experience an abundant life here and now. Freedom may be described as the ability to do what you want when you want to do it. For example, are you free to run a marathon? If you have devoted yourself to put in the miles and train then you may be free to run a marathon. Freedom is not only the ability to do something, but it is also the freedom to not do something. If you’ve ever been on a diet, you know how difficult it can be to say no to certain foods.
Christ has provided the opportunity for you to experience freedom, but you must stand firm. This verse does not promote a let go and let God mentality – you have a responsibility to stand firm. There are two imperatives in this verse. The command, “keep standing firm” is a present active imperative implying continuous action and this word conveys the idea to keep standing firm, to persevere, and to persist. The second command, “do not be subject again”, is also a present active imperative and it is the idea of not being entangled or ensnared.
When I understand that God has made provision for my freedom, then I am able to stand firm and not be subject again to a yoke of slavery, because I’m resting in His provision rather than my own strength. It is God’s will is that you walk in freedom.
Are you experiencing frustration over your lack of freedom? Be encouraged – at least you understand the problem and you can take steps to stand firm. Goethe reminds us, “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” There is one way to experience true freedom and that is through knowing Jesus,
So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)
Associate Pastor – Discipleship. The Church at LifePark
Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University
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