For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [Galatians 5:13]
Freedom cannot be understood in terms of being free from something apart from being free to something else. This verse above reminds us that we have been set free in Jesus to be of service to him and to others. We were never intended to be set free to sit on our posterior centers and do nothing.
Service is not an option for the Christian. It is the obligation of gratitude and thanksgiving to Christ that we are ever in service to others. There is always a way to be servant to Jesus and to our brethren. If I am physically unable to serve, I am still mentally and spiritually able to serve with my regular and persistent intercessory prayers. Our voices and disposition of encouragement and comfort is not lessened by our physical limitations.
All around us there are ample opportunities to engage in the ministry for which we were set free. Often Jesus taught us about loving others as the evidence of knowing him. From the example of washing feet to the example of giving our cloak to another; from the commands to feed our enemies to visiting the sick and imprisoned; from caring for the widows and orphans to the nurturing of little children in coming to him, opportunities are everywhere.
James 2:15-17 asks us the question, what good is our faith if in seeing a need if we do not respond to it? The point is that we are called to engage.
Saints, we are born to priesthood. We are slaves of God. Our rightful place is in service. We must be doers of the word and not hearers only. We must engage the tasks set before us if we are ever to grow in Christ’s likeness.