But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh

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.

Galatians 5:13 NIV

In Jesus we are set free.  But our freedom is not to be used to indulge the selfish desires of our sinful nature.  When we come to Christ our lives are no longer our own.  They belong to the Lord and our lives should be a living sacrifice to the Lord.  In all that we do we should bring honor and glory to His name.  Some have distorted the grace of God as simply a license to indulge the sinful nature.  Claiming that where sin abounds, that grace abounds even more.  But when we rightly understand the grace of God and especially all that Jesus went through so we could be free.  We will view the lives we live and the choices we make much differently.  May we use our freedom to walk in obedience and walk in holiness and simply pursue the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

I have been crucified with Christ

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Galatians 2:20 NASB

We simply live this Christian life by faith.  It is not based upon works.  Works are a natural result of authentic faith because if we are truly following Jesus and following the leading of the Holy Spirit then the fruit of the Holy Spirit will be produced in our lives which will lead to works for God’s kingdom.

We do not live this life in our own strength but in the strength of the Lord.  In all that we will face upon the earth the Lord will strengthen us and enable us to overcome.  His grace and strength is greater than anything that we will face.  But it requires us to abide in Him daily through prayer and the study of His word.

His desire is to simply develop a close, intimate relationship with us.  It is in the place of intimacy that we are simply transformed into the image of Christ.  People might be able to argue against the truth of God’s word, but what they can’t argue against is a life transformed by His love and His grace.  May we simply abide each day in Him.

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God

“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NASB‬‬

As followers of Christ the only person’s opinion who matters is Jesus Christ. We live in a world in which people desire the praise and worship of others. People become addicted to fame and attention. But as Christians we are called to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. This will cause some to become offended by our lives and offended by what we say. But again Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Let us seek the Holy Spirit for strength and wisdom each day. It is only through fully relying upon God that we walk in true freedom.