Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1
A common phrase that we often hear as it relates to the military is “freedom isn’t free.” This is an accurate statement whether speaking about the military or about Christians. Our freedom was purchased by the blood of Jesus. Christ willingly laid down His life so that we could be free. (“You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]… 1 Corinthians 6:20, AMP). Freedom in Christ not only comes from understanding the price Christ paid for our freedom. It also comes from knowing and understanding the Word of God that defines who we are in Christ. It comes from knowing and understanding that we are defined only by what God says about us and nothing and no one else. “So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.” John 8:36, AMP. The Message translation states, “You are free through and through.”
In Galatians 5:1, Paul lets us know that Christ has made us free, but it is our responsibility to maintain our position of freedom. We must “stand” in the freedom that we have been given in Christ. To take a stand on something means that we stay in that particular position without moving. It does not matter what happens or what is going on around us we do not move. When we take that position, we refuse to be a slave to sin; we refuse to be a slave to other people’s opinions; we refuse to be a slave to men’s rules.
Although there is nothing as liberating as living free in Christ, I must warn you that there will be opposition. The enemy of our soul never wants us to come into the revelation of the power, authority and freedom that Christ has given us; therefore, he will use others to try to discourage and confuse you in an attempt to enslave you. However, once you have been enlightened and have experienced freedom in Christ, you will willingly fight to stay free.
Freedom in Christ does not mean we are free to do what we want, how we want. Christ set us free from the bondage of sin. As a result, we are no longer slaves to sin; we are no longer slaves to the desires of our flesh; we are no longer slaves even to our emotions. We have been made free from those things, so we have to fight against these very things that try to take us hostage again. It also does not mean that we are free to disregard or disrespect authority (For God is not a God of confusion and disorder, but of peace and order. 1 Corinthians 14:33). When we are submitted to the Word of God and the Spirit of Christ, He will instruct us on the how-to and when-to in every situation.
Christ has also set us free from the opinions of others. He has made it very clear in His Word what He thinks of us and His love for us. If we fully receive Christ love and thoughts towards us, the opinions of others will not matter. (“‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you’, says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11, AMP). We will not be so easily hurt and discouraged when others do not embrace or support us, our vision, or our gifts. (“You were bought with a price [a precious price paid by Christ]; do not become slaves to men [but to Christ]. 1 Corinthians 7:23, AMP). We become slaves to people when we live our lives as a people pleaser. But if we flip that and become more desperate to please Christ than people, we will experience a freedom worth fighting for.