What does freedom mean to you?
Some people think it means being free to do whatever they want to do. They don't want anyone to tell them what to do and don't want to answer to anyone.
That can be a recipe for disaster as someone always seem to get hurt in the process.
Christ came to set us free.
As believers, we are free from the condemnation of sin. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. I'm so grateful to know that I am already declared righteous before God.
But I still have to live in this world and deal with my flesh.
I want the acts of service that I do to come from a heart of love. I want my motive to be pure and not feel pressured by others or to please others.
However, it can be so easy to say yes to so many good things.
Have you ever agreed to serve on a church committee or felt pressured to volunteer? After all, if you say no who will do it?
But there are times when we can become so busy serving that we longer take the time to be still before Him. We may find that all of those good things weren't what He called us to do after all. And wouldn't it be sad to find that we missed out on His best for us because we were simply too busy?
I love to read from a devotional called Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.
I can't tell you how many times these writings have touched my heart.
Here's an excerpt from the July 22 message:
"Find freedom through seeking to please Me above all else. You can have only one Master. When you let others' expectations drive you, you scatter your energy to the winds. Your own desire to look good can also drain your energy. I am your Master, and I do not drive you to be what you are not. Your pretense displeases Me, especially when it is in My "service." Concentrate on staying close to Me at all times. It is impossible to be inauthentic while you are focusing on My Presence."
How about you? Do you ever feel so overwhelmed with activities? Have you ever felt resentful that you always seem to be the one who voluteers? What is the motive for your busyness?
Many people are involved in activities and ministries they are truly called to do. But I think it's important to examine our motives.
I hope this gives each one of us something to think and pray about, including me.