Today I’m sharing a devotion at Proverbs 31 Ministries, My Past Does Not Control My Future, about how God can free us from being slaves to our schedules.
I’ve thought a lot about this idea of slavery, and my heart breaks at the number of men and women who were enslaved for years, and those who are enslaved today. As I write about mental enslavement, please know I’m always highly aware of the suffering of many, even those who today are physically enslaved. Please pause and pray for them and the organizations who labor on their behalf.
Slavery was NEVER God’s design. The only Lord and Master we ever should have is Him. And even though most of us don’t have a slave master today, it seems setting us free is an ongoing business. Apparently we need to be reminded that we are free.
This verse in Galatians 5:1 has always seemed a bit unnecessary to me: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.“
Not to be disrespectful to the apostle Paul, but I kind of want to say “no duh!”
I mean, of course we are set free to be free. Why would anyone free another person just to chain them back up again? And yet … don’t we all do that to some degree or another? Don’t we all subject ourselves to the expectations of others? Maybe even to our own expectations?
In Galatians 5:1, Paul goes on to say, “Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.“
The slavery Paul was referring to was man-made rules and regulations established so the Jews knew they were right with God. Jesus, however, called them to a righteousness that was by faith in Him. But the new Jewish believers kept slipping back into an old mindset.
Today, I wonder if we need to be reminded we are set free to be free. What kind of freedom might that mean for you and me?
- Freedom to say “no” to peer pressure, not worrying whether it hurts your social chances.
- Freedom to raise your hands in worship when no one else does.
- Freedom to give to someone when you don’t know how they’ll spend your money.
- Freedom to have dinner with someone who is very different from you.
- Freedom to be emotionally generous, not worrying whether you’ll ever get “paid” back or not.
- Freedom to say “yes” to Jesus even though it makes no logical or practical sense.
Friends, we have been set free!! More than that, we have the power of God in us to avoid going back to our old ways.
I know it’s hard to walk in victory, especially with the lure of temptation to go backwards. So maybe we do need to be reminded every once in awhile that we are free. I hope that Lord does that today through my devotion and this post.
And speaking of freedom, we are one week away from celebrating America’s Independence Day! And on a much more modest note, we are one week away from the release day of my new book Doing Busy Better, which happens to be the same day, July 4. I’d like to celebrate by giving away a copy of my book.
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED. Congrats Marcia T – please check your email for more info.
To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on my blog and I will choose one random winner on Friday, June 30, to receive a copy of my new book when it releases (U.S. Addresses only please). If you like, tell me what what Jesus has set you free to do in your comment. It’s not required, I’d just like to know and praise Him with you!
In Doing Busy Better, Glynnis Whitwer helps you examine your heart and your schedule in order to seek a healthy, holy, and enjoyable balance between work and rest. She shows you how to prioritize your goals and your time, how to be present in the moment as Jesus was, and how to find the freedom of true soul rest. Most importantly, she shows you that your worth is found not in your accomplishments but in the love of the One who made you for work and for rest.