I was born a child of the king. Royal status allows me exceptional privilege and freedom. Privilege to hold my head high where ever I go. Freedom to become myself and mature into a grown up child of God. Both attributes must be tempered with responsibility thus avoiding the mistake of using freedom as license.
Freedom means the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action or liberation from slavery or restraint from the power of another.
Slave to righteousness
When I was born again, I was born into the family of God and Jesus Christ. This status gives me royal privilege as a son forever. Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:34-36
Once I was a slave to sin. I did not recognize it. But it was a miserable life with many problems and questions that were only answered when my eyes were opened the day I gave my life to Jesus Christ. Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:16-18
I am free to engage in many things that would ordinarily be considered forbidden. This is because I am only answerable to Jesus Christ for my behavior and actions. And as I live under grace, my conscience helps me know the difference. However, knowing this, I also have to be careful not to do anything that a brother or sister would consider a sin. Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 1 Corinthians 8:9-12
Father, I ask you to help me follow your instructions and to know how to behave in this world as I live under grace. Help me serve my brother and sister by not putting a stumbling block in their way. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Privilege to serve
The children are exempt. My kingdom is not of this world. But so that I do not cause offense, I temper my behavior and do not exercise all my privileges. After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” Matthew 17:24-27
As a royal, I am free to promote the gospel with whatever means are at my disposal. I hope to show that my freedom was well deserved to the only one who counts., my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
For you, my brothers, were called to freedom; only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the sinful nature (worldliness, selfishness), but through love serve and seek the best for one another. Galatians 5:13
Lord Jesus, Help me to serve you by showing me the way to behave and think.You are the one I adore and you are the one who counts in the end. I love you. Amen.