So, it’s July, which has me thinking about July 4th, which has me thinking about FREEDOM!, which has me thinking about Braveheart. But freedom also makes me think of the book of Galatians, specifically Galatians 5:1, which says, It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Christ set us free so that we can live as free people. What the apostle Paul is talking about here is the freedom that comes from realizing that you can’t work hard enough; you can’t be good enough to earn the favor of God. It’s about being free from the bondage of rules, of the law, and of holding out hope that if you only stop saying this, start doing this, stop doing that, that God will see you as innocent. It’s the freedom that comes from understanding that your salvation = Christ + nothing.
Just to be clear, Paul’s not saying that we’re from God’s s moral standards. As Christians, we’re not to just go and do whatever we please. He’s reminding us that Christ alone makes us righteous in the eyes of the Father. When we live that way, it allows us to remain humble and realize that we’re not that great. It allows us to take the focus off of ourselves and place our focus on love—loving God and loving others, which is what the whole law is about anyway. Living out our freedom reminds us that we have nothing to boast about, except for the cross of Christ.
May I never boast except in the cross of Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 6:14a