Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
~ 2 Corinthians 3:17
What would be the Fourth of July without a reminder that with God, there is freedom.
Perhaps it is not the freedom that as a nation we speak of. We live in a land filled with laws that govern us. Jesus reminds those around him that he did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill the law.
Our ability to be the living presence of Christ sets us apart. It is not always easy, and some would say that it is a bit challenging. But that is not the body of Christ speaking. It is a reminder that there is a set of rules that the world has created, and then there is the presence of God that reminds us that we are on a greater journey that will last for all time.
Our presence in the world should be a sign that there is real freedom when we move with the Spirit of God. What I mean is this, we become the agents of that freedom. Not like a spy! NO! We are a presence that offers freedom to sit with our enemies at tables prepared by God. To have our cups overflow with God's blessings, as we seek still waters and green meadows. To acknowledge that our life is not bound by our first breath or our last.
Freedom is the knowledge that as God moves throughout the world and time, we are travelers as well within the Spirit of the living Christ.
Freedom in Christ is not celebrated one day out of the year. It is lived each day throughout all eternity!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, thank You for the freedom to be the living presence of Christ each day. Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.