What do you do with freedom? As we have been working our way through the book of 1 Samuel, I continue to wonder at the repeated drift from God by the nation of Israel. God had done miracles, amazing and attention grabbing miracles, to bring them to their own land. All they had to do was go about their lives according to God’s design. They had a very low profile national government. A simple judge united them. Most decisions were at the local and family level. Yet they descended into idol worship again and again. In our study of the first few chapters of 1 Samuel, we have seen the complete disregard the nation had for the tabernacle. They foolishly believed that the Ark of the Covenant’s presence in their camp would give them military victory. They neglected the significant factor their own disobedience would have. God had promised them blessing for obedience and discipline for disobedience. Yet they failed to follow God’s design. The years of “freedom” had not brought them closer to God at all.
Which brings me to all of us who call ourselves followers of Jesus. We read again and again in the New Testament that Jesus sets us free. We are free from the fear of death. We are free from the law. We are free from condemnation. We are free from the power of sin; it does not rule over us. Yet what do we do with our freedom? Do we love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength? Do we love our neighbor as ourselves? Or are we using our freedom to pursue other agendas and serve other “gods”?
What are you doing with your freedom?