Embracing Freedom in the Gospel with Worship Anew
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October 1, 2023

As I sat by my father’s hospital bed during his recovery from a severe infection, the room seemed to echo with the questions that often arise in moments of vulnerability. Amid the beeping monitors and hushed conversations, an unexpected sense of freedom enveloped him—a freedom that defied physical constraints and whispered of a deeper, unbreakable bond.

My father’s journey, marked by the trials of illness, revealed a perspective on freedom that transcends the boundaries of the body. This time together reminds me now of Galatians 5:13-14—the idea that true freedom isn’t just about liberation from circumstances but about embracing a love that is steadfast even in the face of suffering.

In those quiet moments, I found him living out the essence of God’s call to “live in freedom.” Despite physical limitations, my dad’s spirit radiated boundless love and selflessness that inspired all who knew him in his final months. The journey through pain and uncertainty became a testament to the transformative power of faith, an example of how our freedom in Christ remains undimmed, regardless of life’s challenges.

As we gather around God’s Word this month, Worship Anew invites us on a journey into the heart of the freedom we have in Christ. Together, we’ll explore the call to “live in freedom.”

Galatians reveals a unique call to freedom woven with love and service. Drawing from Galatians 5:13-14, we explore the relationship between freedom and the love poured out through Christ. In this life, we embrace freedom to humbly serve others, guided by love and selflessness.

What does it mean to be called to “live in freedom”? This divine invitation transcends common notions, leading to a purposeful life centered on God’s will. It helps us focus less on personal desires and more on faith-driven choices.

Delving into freedom, Romans 6:7 emerges as a vital companion. This verse declares, “For anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” At first glance, it’s a simple proclamation, but within its phrasing lies a profound revelation.

The notion of being “set free from sin” aligns with themes in Galatians 5:13-14. It’s a declaration of the transformative power of Christ’s sacrifice—a reminder that our freedom isn’t just abstract but a tangible reality. This freedom stems from our faith journey: a release from sin’s chains achieved through our Savior’s selflessness.

As we age, we look not just backward but forward to the glorious destination freedom in Christ promises. Our experiences, triumphs and tribulations alike, testify to the journey—a journey toward full freedom where we shed sin’s last vestiges and stand fully liberated.

The timeless hymn “Amazing Grace” comes to mind. Its words resonate with the exploration—freedom, grace, God’s love. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see. Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come; His grace has brought me safe thus far, His grace will lead me home.”

Christian freedom is rooted in God’s grace. It’s not earned through human effort but received as a gift through faith in Jesus Christ. This grace is the basis for salvation and the transformation of believers’ lives. Just as “Amazing Grace” reminds us, faith’s journey unfolds with grace’s beauty, guiding us toward freedom to live in His love.

Matthew F. Leighty
Executive Director