If you are a believer in Jesus Christ as Saviour, He has set you free. You are no longer a slave to sin (Romans 6:20), to the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15), to the kingdom of darkness (Colossians 1:13), or to religion (Galatians 4:1-7).
You have been bought at a price (1 Corinthians 6:20). Jesus Christ, God the Son, took on human flesh and became a bond-servant and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross (Philippians 2:5-8) – for you, to set you free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2), that you might belong to another – to Him (Romans 7:4).
Jesus has bought you true freedom, from sin, death, the devil, the world, religion. All those different slave masters are bullies – they create misery and fear – but Jesus has rescued you – He has paid the debt of your sin and set you free.
But freedom is not independence! We are free from all these others things, but we now belong to Him (Romans 14:7-9). Independence from Jesus means slavery to something else.
That is why today’s verse says: “It was for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1). He has set us free so that we can enjoy true freedom by serving Him.
“Stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). Don’t go back to being a slave to sin again, or to religious rules, or to the world around.
True freedom is found in Jesus – not in being INdependent but in being DEpendent – trusting Him, loving Him, following Him.
Give thanks for your freedom today. Every day for the Christian is freedom day. Every day is DEpendence Day. To God be the glory.
Daily Devotional for 4 July 2020 – Galatians 5v1