Friday, March 15, 2019
It’s Friday and the week is near an end. You are free to celebrate that if you want. But maybe TGIF means more than celebrating the arrival of Friday. What if we took it to mean Thank God I’m Free?
God’s freedom carries more weight and more hope than the end of a weeks work.
Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him,
“If you remain in my word, you are my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
These followers responded:
“We are of Abraham, we’ve never been enslaved to anyone” (they had forgotten their history – 400 years of slavery in Egypt).
“Sin enslaves everyone who practices it and the one enslaved to sin will not remain in the house (God’s house). But if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed. (paraphrase of John 8:31ff)
At the end of the day you will be “free” of the work week. Free to take off a day or two. Free, because we live in a free society, to do almost anything we please and that will please you. BUT, what if true freedom is more? What if it is a lot more than the freedom to indulge, satisfy, please and cater to ourselves?
Jesus says later, “if you understood your freedom you would love me” (John 8:42). And as the gospel unfold he says, “if you love me, you will love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34).
Our freedom is not so much a freedom for self, but a freedom from self? Freedom from ourselves is the freedom to love and serve God and one another. Freedom from our sinful passions and desires releases us to a deeper love, a more fulfilling love.
Today, thank God you are free and choose to live in and out of the love with which you have been love. This is freedom worth celebrating, today and everyday. TGIF.