Daily Devotional – Freedom

1 Corinthians 9:19

19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.

One of the great appeals of the Gospel is the freedom that we are given in Christ by following Him. In Christ, we are free to do all things. The penalty of sins past and sins future has been taken on by Jesus and no longer will God’s wrath and justice threaten to blot us out from communion from Him. It is an amazing exchange where the rule breaker becomes completely pardoned while the one who never broke a rule is completely condemned, yet that is where we find ourselves in Jesus. Completely free. So what do we do with this freedom?

In today’s verse the Apostle Paul tells us that we should use our freedom to become slaves to those who are not free. How’s that for a twist? What Paul is showing us is that preaching the Gospel is not only proclamation of the good news but it is also modeling Jesus to the lost. Paul reminds us that part of being a good student is not only being able to recite the teachings of our Master, but also being able to apply those teaching. Paul’s goal is winning the lost. His desire is to set captives free. He challenges us to do the same by serving those who are not yet saved.

So what is our application? Simply, be more like Jesus. We who follow Jesus are His disciples. The primary goal of a disciple is to become like his Master. What did our Master do? He loved and served and sacrificed for others so that they would see the love and service and sacrifice of God himself, therefore we also should love and serve and sacrifice for others to demonstrate who God is. It is in this emulation of the Master that our freedom is truly realized.

Are you free enough to be a servant?

Heavenly Father, thank you God for your example of love, service, and sacrifice. Thank you God that you set us free so that we may serve those still in bondage. Father help us not to cheapen your goodness by using our new found freedom to serve ourselves. Challenge us Lord to use our freedom to imitate you. Challenge us to serve so that we might win more. Thank you for your love. In Jesus name, Amen.

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One thought on “Daily Devotional – Freedom

  1. Good thought provoking post Bro! Matthew 6:24 tells us “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” now I know he was talking about money in this verse but I think it applies to what you are talking about as well. I think if we really are true followers of Christ we have to take on the role of a loving servant like our Lord and Savior. I know that’s a hard concept for some but Jesus also talks about the “narrow gate” and it’s sad to think a lot of people who thought they were saved will not make it through that gate. The book of Revelation 3:15-16 ESV also says “15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” So basically Jesus is telling us here that he will spit us out of his mouth because we are lukewarm, lazy and not following His example of love and servitude . Jesus also says what you have done for the “least of these you have done for me”. Good stuff dude. I think the question I need to ask myself on a daily basis is how can I serve someone today and show the love of Christ to the unsaved.

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