Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16
"How can a man be happy who is the servant of anything?" This question was asked by the Greek philosopher, Plato. Most people would agree. We live in an Invictus age where "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." At least I want to be. Freedom and happiness are seen as the result of being in total control. But for the believer, freedom takes a different turn.
Real freedom comes from Jesus (John 8:36). He is the only One who can set us free from our slavery to sin. Only through Christ can we truly live as "free men." This freedom, however, is not a "license for immorality" (Jude 1:4) or a "cover-up for evil." This freedom drives us to live a life pleasing to God and to serve Him out of love and gratitude.
A person cannot be happy if he is the servant of anything. A person can only be happy if he is a servant of the living God.
Father, thank You for the freedom that comes through Jesus. May I never take Your grace for granted, use it as a license to sin, or use it to cover up my sin. In Jesus' name. Amen.