Devotional | That's How Freedom Grows


“Use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.” (Galatians 5:13 MSG)

This is the opposite of how many view freedom. To most, “freedom” means being free to do whatever pleases “me”. Free to do “nothing”, to refrain from work, to do whatever I want, with no restraints—in other words, the freedom to serve myself, my needs and desires. But that is not how God sees freedom. That is not bona fide freedom.

Freedom comes when we put others first—when we serve one another in love. That may not seem like freedom, but it really is. You know that feeling you get when you make a difference in the life of someone else? There’s no greater feeling. Jesus said, “It’s more blessed to give, than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) It’s so true.

Giving doesn’t deplete you; it actually fills you up. Serving ourselves day in and day out leaves us unfulfilled. Look at Solomon, he had it all—riches, women, power, prestige, anything he wanted—and yet he called it all meaningless.

This is what the world strives for—to have it all: wealth, power, prestige and fame. But “having it all” doesn’t bring the joy and happiness we so strive for. It is only in putting others first—your family and those in need around you—that you will find real fulfillment and joy. Jesus knew that. He, who is greater than all, came to give it all—His very life and breath. He came to this world to save us, serve us and love us. He gave up everything for us, who deserve it the least. But He saw the beauty in us and said, “You are worth it.”

We need that same revelation. This week, how can we see the beauty in those around us, in the “unlovely” of the world? How can we give our lives for those ones? That’s where we will find true freedom.

“That’s how freedom grows.”