Freedom to Serve

serveHave you ever broken a bone? Or sprained your ankle or pulled a muscle? Do you remember how painful it was and how tender you had to treat the injury?

In our passage (Galatians 5:13- 6:10) in Sunday Morning Bible Study, Paul is teaching us to serve other people and the manner in which we are to do it. In Galatians 6:1, Paul writes that we are to “restore” another with gentleness. As we serve people, which sometimes means admonishing them, we are to do so with care. Never are we to speak, act, or serve in such a way that kills their spirit but rather we are to “bear one another’s burdens” with the love of Christ as our source of strength and motivation.

Serving others does not come natural to most people, even Christians. It is the Spirit which moves us out of our fleshly selfish nature to walking/living in such a way that we serve, like a slave would, others. It is in that sense of service that we discover the freedom from selfishness and are liberated to love as Christ loved.

Freedom to serve others builds relationships with both non-believers and believers in Christ. “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

Things to Ponder:

Who has served you well recently?  a waitress…a friend…a store employee?

Who have you served? Was it a deliberate action? Or were you serving act of habit and lifestyle in Christ?

The word servant stems from the word slave. How can serving result in liberation and not bondage for you?

What does it look like to bear another’s burdens?

How can you serve Christ today by serving another? Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart, eyes and hands to someone who can help today and perhaps bring True Freedom (Jesus) to their soul!

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