MONDAY January 16, 2017
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. - Galatians 5:1
Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered today. He lived his life in accordance with his message. But his message of freedom had a high price––his life. On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated. He stood on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee when a sniper shot him. He died for what he believed, preached and dreamed could happen when people would accept each other regardless of the color of their skin. His legacy of life and his bold speech, Let Freedom Ring should never be forgotten.
More importantly, the Gospel message, the heavenly hope of eternal life was given to all people (Luke 2:10-11). Christ won the price of our freedom from sin and death. It cost the high price of His blood (1 Peter 1:18-19) shed on the cross. Our spiritual freedom is something that can never be taken for granted. It must be guarded.
As ludicrous as it may seem, many people choose to give up Christ, their freedom from sin and their eternal life over such sins as: an adulterous affair, greed for money or the material things this world can offer. Satan, can use these things to entangle and enslave us once again into sin. The Apostle Paul reasoned with Christians:
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death (Romans 6:20)
Why then would you want to lose such a precious freedom found only in Christ? Do you not know how to protect yourself from temptation, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life? Simple, obey the doctrine of God’s Word.
But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
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