If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed…John 8:36
In the letter to Galatians, the apostle Paul focuses on Christ as the Liberator. Thus, he starts chapter 5 with the amazing words: For FREEDOM Christ has set us free…!
This is an amazing and soul-catching statement. Who does not want freedom?It seems that everybody is interested in this overused word. Capitalists talk about free enterprise, communists about the freeing of the proletariat, businessmen about free trade, young men about free love etc. Obviously – there are many types of freedoms, and different people mean different things when they use this word. I get the feeling that my baby Isaiah’s idea of freedom is to run around without any clothes (since on Sunday morning I have to hold him down while my wife dresses himJ).
In this context it is important to ask ourselves about the type of freedom that Christ brought. What has he freed us from? It is a very important question, because if we do not understand and know what we have to be freed from, we won’t know what we are freed for.
Even though we live in a “global village” many churches today have a limited vision and concern. They are so bent and focused on themselves that they forget the universal mission of God as conveyed to us by His Son Jesus Christ (see Mt. 28:19-20).
How is our church? What kind of vision do we have? The answer to these questions can be seen most clearly from our prayers and our mission life. Let’s check these against the words of apostle Paul who passionately carried on the vision of our Lord Jesus Christ. He urges the following in 1Timothy 2:1 to 4:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings bemade for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.