Galatians 5:13-14 NIV 2011
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Being justified by faith alone in Christ alone was woven through out Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia. It was his clarion call, reminding Christians of Christ’s finished work at the cross. Believers were set free from the law through Christ. Galatians 6:2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ set us free. Stand firm…” The church was called to serve. Ephesians 5:21, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Mark 12:31, “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater…” Saved sinners that serve, serve the Savior.
Jesus is our servant model to follow daily. Philippians 2:7, “rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” By following His model, we are able to fulfill Paul’s charge to believers in Galatians 5:13, “rather, serve one another humbly in love.” I don’t serve because I’m supposed to but rather because it’s my hearts desire to serve. I’m eternally thankful for opportunities to serve since I’m actually serving the Lord.
Where is He calling us to serve?
Joyfully serving together,