This is one of my absolute favorite verses\declarations in the bible. One of the basic tenets of the Christian faith is that we have been set free - we are no longer slaves to sin but rather slaves to righteousness, new creations. This verse seems to be pointing at the obvious - "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free." However, I think that Paul makes this point because often times though we have been set free, we fail to walk in freedom. We fall back into old sin patterns, we believe lies, we are tempted to live in our 'old life.' I think Paul is trying to shake us awake to what we have actually gained through the cross.
Christ set you free for FREEDOM. That is the position that you now stand in. The victory has been bought - you don't need to earn it. You just get to choose to walk in it. Having this perspective changed my walk with Christ: We fight FROM victory, not FOR it. This does not mean that walking in victory is easy - it just means that we fight knowing that God has already won. When you have this perspective, fighting to walk in victory becomes easier.
The second part of this verse is an invitation: "Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Through the power of Christ, through the power of the cross, we get to stand firm. We get to say no to slavery, we get to say no to old lies, we get to say no to old sin patterns and say yes to victory, yes to righteousness, yes to FREEDOM.
My prayer for y'all today is that God would shift your perspective and that you would be empowered to walk in victory. That you would fight to walk in victory from a place of knowing that you already have it.
God - thank you so much for the cross. Thank you for the victory, freedom and fullness that I stand in because of your son. God - I pray for the courage to walk in victory, give me your strength. Amen.
- Megan McGarrah