Every 2nd week, people from our Connect group (a small cell-group gathering) from church meets at our home.
Last night, we shared our thoughts around the sermon, titled “A Freedom that Changes Things” by Nathanael Wood from Hillsong Church. For creatives and artists and in fact, for everyone, feeling free is an important part of ones existence, especially when it comes to creative process, so I thought I' share what we discussed last night here also.
How free are you?
What does freedom look like to you?
How about the world around you, what do they think the freedom is?
Nelson Mandela said
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
As a Christian, I know that we have freedom in Jesus. Christ paid for it in advance
He has set us free to live a free life. Take a look at these verses.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.
1. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
However, It seems like doing WHATEVER YOU WANT actually destroys your freedom, or distracts you to live a free life.
1 Corinthians 6:12
I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
In Christ, we are not just free from something, but we are FREE INTO something.
That’s right. God has set us free into loving each other.
Galatian 5: 13 -15
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
True freedom is about loving each other. It’ a choice.
Put yourself in the “freedom test” below:
Can you say yes for doing something that you think is beneath you,
Can you give something to those who don’t need it?
Can you serve someone who doesn’t acknowledge your service,
Can you sacrifice for someone who doesn’t deserve?
See, you are free to be served but free enough to serve others.
Free to fight for what you want, but also free to ask for what God wants.
Free to get angry at insults or injustice but also free to be patient and forgiving.
Free to celebrate your own victories, but also free to celebrate others' victories
Be aware of your freedom in Christ today!
Then you’ll know the truth, and the truth will set you free.