There’s a verse I came upon recently in Galatians:
For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another (Galatians 5:13, emphasis mine).
In America, it is natural and culturally acceptable to talk about freedom as perhaps life’s highest virtue. We abhor the idea of slavery and recoil at the thought that someone other than “self” might violate personal autonomy.
For example, how many times have we heard this – “It’s my life…I can do whatever I want!”?
In general, as Christians, freedom fits perfectly with our worldview, as we see here in Galatians 5
– we were called to freedom. Yet there’s a catch – we can’t use our freedom as an excuse to
indulge the flesh. That is to say, it’s my life but I can’t really “do whatever I want.”
In fact, what’s our freedom supposed to yield? Love demonstrated through serving each other.
Yet we in the West have taken the biblical ideal of freedom and turned it into a license for serving ourselves, not others.
Today, as I’m thinking about this verse…
- I’m also thinking about the 18+ million fatherless kids just in the U.S. alone.
- I’m also thinking about the 400,000 children who are in foster care right now.
- I’m thinking about the 20,000 children who will age out of foster care this year without a family.
- I’m thinking about how 70-90% of human trafficking victims have spent time in foster care.
- I’m thinking about how the Super Bowl is not far away, and that many of those 20,000 will be prostituted out for the very first time, somehow convincing themselves that it’s okay because at least their traffickers give them a place to stay and put food in their belly.
In light of this, my #PRAY127 request this week for us is two fold:
- That we would pray for those in foster care today, that God might be a Father to the fatherless to them, as we know from Scripture He is.
- That the church would continue to wake up to this reality, and take serious the words in Galatians 5:13 – Serve one another in love.
Once again, we give God praise because of your prayers. Thank you. We are convinced they are effective and powerful (James 5:16)!
Jeff Ford, CEO
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