Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
1 Peter 2:16
Jesus has set us free from sin, death, and the devil. God doesn’t count any of our sins against us. In him, all is forgiven, and we’re headed for heaven.
There is a temptation to take this freedom and run with it. We think, “It’s okay if I break God’s commandments because I’m forgiven anyway.” We’re tempted to treat freedom in Christ like it’s a get-out-of-jail-free card, a license to indulge ourselves. But that’s not freedom. That’s slavery.
Sin is a harsh master. It promises us freedom, then chokes us with guilt. Sin makes us want to serve only ourselves and to resent the people around us. They seem to demand our time, energy, and service, and we feel constrained to give it. There’s no freedom when sin rules our lives and drives us with guilt.
Jesus has saved us from this empty way of life. He has covered us in his righteousness. True freedom is the freedom to be the people God wants us to be. True freedom is serving others without a speck of guilt driving us. So, forgiven in Jesus, take a fresh look at the people around you—your family, your friends, the people you serve at work, home, and school. God put them there, and the same God who has taken away your sin is calling you to serve them. Forgiven in Christ and headed for heaven, you can do just that.
Today’s Bible verse says, “Live as free people,” and then, “Live as God’s slaves.” God isn’t talking out of both sides of his mouth. Jesus has freed you to be the person God wants you to be. You are free from guilt and serve God and others with a happy heart. Be who you are in Christ. Be the free person who willingly serves others with a glad heart because Jesus has set you free.
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to live like the forgiven sinner you have declared me to be through Jesus, your Son. Take away my guilt, and free me to serve others with a glad heart. Amen.