“Live as a free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover up for evil; live as God’s slaves” 1 Peter 2: 16
We live in a world which cherishes freedom and would do anything to defend it. Many wars are fought and much blood is shed to preserve the freedom.
But in Christian world, truth is often found not in the extremes but in the middle of the extremes. Sometimes by giving more emphasis to the freedom we have in Christ from law and from all legalistic religious commands, we forget the other aspect of Christian life – being slave to God.
Christian freedom has a peculiar and ironic aspect to it.
One should be a SLAVE in order to be FREE!
One should be a slave to God in order that he or she could live a free life. If we are reluctant to submit our lives to God, we would be free from God’s rule but we would be slaves to the world.
We, in order to cherish freedom gained from the gospel, should willingly surrender ourselves and our desires to God and become his slave. Only then we could enjoy the real freedom in life which Christ promises.
So let us scrutinize our lives and motives. Let us not use the freedom to cover up our selfish motive and to fulfill our sinful desires. This may also be a stumbling block to others. But we should willingly give up some freedom which we enjoy to enrich our spiritual lives and live an exemplary life.
This what Paul is doing when he says, while talking about the food offered to idols. By saying, “if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall” (1 Cor 8: 13), he is giving up his right to eat meat in order to live a life of blessing to his weaker brother.
Will we be able to surrender our freedom so that we can be of a blessing to others and experience God in a better way?