Pastor René Bogue
We’ve been hearing a lot about politics lately. One clear message that is repeated on both sides of the ideological aisle is: “vote!” In fact, we hear that word so much that it can become like the background music in a grocery store. Familiar, even sometimes pleasant, but easy to ignore.
It got me thinking this morning about the parallels between this right we have as citizens, and the freedom we have in Christ.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1 succinctly sums up the point Paul is making throughout the entire book. Freedom is a good thing. It was hard-won, sacrificed for, and precious. Don’t, he emphasizes, lose that gift.
But, equally important, don’t take that gift for granted. He continues in that same chapter to urge his Galatian brothers and sisters to use their freedom “to serve one another humbly in love.” It is indeed a gift, but an important, costly gift. One given to us from the depths of Love. One we should – must – cherish.
Free doesn’t mean without worth.
There are the plastic lids you find in the “free” box at a yard sale, the free prizes you get just for shopping, and trinkets, and totes (so many totes).
Then there are the gifts. The things made precious by our love for the giver, and often the great cost to them. Your grandmother’s mirror, your mother’s dishes, your beloved’s ring. Such a difference between a careless cast-off, and a dearly-held, carefully given gift.
Freedom in Jesus is a great gift.
And, like the hard-won privilege to vote as citizens, we should not take this freedom for granted. We can be circumspect, grateful, sober, and full of joy as we embrace what we’ve been given. And then use those gifts to act, to serve one another, and to show our love for God and man.