I am 20,000 – 30,000 feet in the air, en route to Istanbul, Turkey. Everyone around me is asleep, I am in the pitch dark of the night, with just the glow of my iPad shining. The last several songs pumping through my iPad have been good old gospel songs that have gotten me in the mood to praise God for all He is and the experiences He has taken me on over the last few weeks. Then one of my favorite jazz cuts comes on Free by bassist Marcus Miller with Corinne Bailey Rae just killing it on vocals. And instantly I get it….
In the last two weeks I have painfully toured the Elmina slave castle in Ghana, joyfully taken part in the sharing of hundreds of books with underprivileged children in African villages and schools, and visited the city, in modern day Turkey, to which Paul wrote the book of Ephesians in their time of spiritual repression. And now, the words of a jazz song meet with the words of the gospel…For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1)
Spend today in celebration of all the freedom that is yours in Christ! Countless millions have suffered the bonds of physical chains at the hands of others, the mental chains of exclusion and poverty, but in Christ their is a freedom that exceeds conditions.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13)
Today, celebrate your freedom in Christ as you seek to serve someone else. Is that doable? Can you serve someone else today in some small way – a few dollars to someone in need, some of your time to listen to a friend, an ounce of energy to encourage someone down in the dumps? Can you serve your spouse a smile, a hug, a passionate evening?
Christ freed you to free others. Today is the day and you are the one. Love in the freedom of Jesus the Christ, your personal Lord and Savior!
How will you celebrate your freedom, in Christ, today?