For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
What does it mean to be free? The definition would be that you are not constrained in any way; that you are able to do as you wish. Our country was built on the idea of freedom yet some of us act as if we are still being constrained.
When you are truly free, you have the ability to make decisions that will greatly affect others. I have a friend who did just that – he chose to take a year off from work and go to poor countries to assist others. He had the freedom to do many other things; yet he decided to help others. He put his life on hold to follow what God has chosen him to do – to love his neighbor as he does himself.
Now, not many of us have that luxury of being able to take a year off and do this, but if we did, would we? Would we use our freedom to help others who are trapped within the confines of poverty, illness and hardship? Could we even do this on a local level- within our own communities?
This is what Jesus is talking about in the above Scripture passage. We are here to serve others just as Christ served us.
‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Use the free will that we all have to make the right choices in life. Help others when you can. It doesn’t have to be a year long journey abroad. It can be as simple as a friendly word, holding a door open, or buying someone a cup of coffee. Treat others as you would like to be treated and help others to be released of the things that are constraining them.
Let freedom ring!