Pastor Reginald Spight
"CONNECTING PEOPLE TO GOD"
to Living Water Baptist Church
of Memphis, Tennessee. We are a church organized for the
glory of God and built upon the sole foundation of the Lord
you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not
use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through
love serve one another. —Galatians 5:13"
Thanks to the ingenuity of our Chinese friends, we here in
the US celebrate our independence in July with massive
displays of colorful fireworks.
Every year when we sing our national anthem and enjoy the
vibrant patterns created by “bombs bursting in air,” I
remind myself that most bombs are deadly, not beautiful
like the fireworks display. Although both use similar
ingredients, one is intended to kill; the other to
entertain. In this metaphor we see an example of how
something can be used for both good and evil. In the hands
of capable, careful, and caring people, something
dangerous becomes glorious. But the opposite is also true.
Freedom—the very thing we celebrate with fireworks—can
also be used for good and evil. As believers in Christ, we
are free from the restrictive Mosaic law, but the Bible
warns us not to use our spiritual freedom for selfish
purposes: “Do not use liberty as an opportunity for the
flesh, but through love serve one another” (Gal. 5:13).
Not everyone has political and religious freedom, but all
believers in Christ have spiritual freedom. We must not
use it as a weapon to impose our will on others but to
display the glory of God’s will.
Free from the law—O happy condition!
Jesus hath bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Grace hath redeemed us once for all. —Bliss
Freedom doesn’t give us the right to do what we please,
but to do what pleases God.