Freedom Makes a Difference
Wednesday - April 28th
Scripture to Read Today: 1 Peter 2:11-17
Live as people who are free,
not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,
but living as servants of God.
1 Peter 2:16 (ESV)
Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence owned slaves. There is a glaring contradiction between the freedom they sought for all men and the slave-owning practices of their own lives. If all are declared free, then at that point, freedom makes a difference. Those enslaved would be emancipated.
One of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence linked the freedom proclaimed in that incredible document and his own life. After signing it, William Whipple freed his slave because he believed one could not simultaneously fight for freedom and hold another person in bondage. That slave, known as Prince Whipple, fought with the colonists and served directly under General George Washington.
Whipple explained his decision as the obvious outcome of being a signer of a document representing liberty for all. He said, “I hope it will be the means of dispensing the blessings of freedom to all people in America.” He saw that freedom makes a difference. If it doesn’t, it isn’t freedom.
The same is true in our spiritual lives. The Bible describes us as slaves to our own sin and selfishness without Christ. We are shackled to our pride, our lust, and our greed. Before coming to Jesus, we have no hope of freedom!
The New Testament Book of 1 Peter makes it clear in the first and second chapters that when we know Christ as our Savior, we are forgiven and set free. We no longer have to live enslaved by our sinful thoughts, attitudes, relationships, or behaviors. In chapter two and verse sixteen, Peter encourages us as his readers to “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (ESV).
If you know Jesus, you are free through His finished work on the cross. You no longer have to be controlled by your old, domineering nature. Live as a free person. Don’t use your freedom in Christ as a cover for immorality. Live by choice and in your freedom as a servant of God! That kind of freedom that Peter emphasizes brings joy, meaning, and satisfaction to life!
Are you using your liberty in Christ to serve God? William Whipple understood that freedom makes a difference. Let’s live out that difference today!
We are to live as free people because Christ has set us free!