“Service to Others”

“Service to Others”



DISCUSSION:  “ You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do

not use your freedom to                     


the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5. 13-14



is this freedom that Paul warns us not to misuse? Is it the freedom of basic

human rights that we enjoy in Western nations? Hardly! There are people in

prison as well as in other countries who enjoy the freedom Paul is talking

about—it’s the freedom that only the gospel brings, freedom from our slavery to

sin and to legalistic moral attitudes.


Galatians had enjoyed this freedom when they believed the gospel of Christ, but

it seemed they were about to be enslaved again by sin and legalism! Freedom is

precious. It’s bought with the priceless blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Lincoln understood something about the precious value of freedom. Signing the

Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves in the United States, he made sure his

hand was steady before writing his name. Signing firmly, he stated, “I don’t

want it to look as if I hesitated.”


good news of Jesus sets people truly free. It’s the freedom that brings new

life and calls us to use it to serve others.



out today and use your freedom as a Christian to serve others and live a life

of humility.