“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Adam briefly knew true freedom in the Garden of Eden. He was free to move about the garden and eat from it. He freely enjoyed the company of God and he had a woman to love and important work to do. God gave him authority over the garden and tasked him with caring for it.
But instead of adhering to God’s plan, Adam gave in to his flesh and ate from the only tree in the garden that he was forbidden to enjoy. He chose his flesh over his freedom and he placed himself in bondage to the enemy.
It’s a mistake that many of us make on a daily basis.
Freedom for Christians isn’t a reference to personal independence, or the ability to make our own life decisions. Jesus didn’t set us free so we could do whatever we want whenever we want. Jesus freed us to do the things God created us for. He freed us to obey God and follow the plans He establishes for us.
We are created to serve. Just as Paul referred to himself as a bond-servant of Christ Jesus in Romans 1:1, we are designed to live as servants of Christ.
God created us to prioritize others and put their needs before our own.
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
The men of Junto Tribe are seeking this kind of freedom in our lives. We are seeking the freedom that comes from living according to the Spirit.
Our goal is to live as Jesus did. We’re taking our cues about manhood from Jesus, who was free from the fear of pleasing others. He gave generously. He served others. He championed strength and vulnerability.
Instead of struggling in bondage to the enemy, the men of Junto Tribe are chasing God’s truth, which frees us to restore life-giving order to God’s creation.
Join us. Begin your own journey to freedom by finding a mentor who will point you to truth; a fellow tribesman who will challenge you and walk alongside you. Then build a tribe of like-minded men that will serve the community and love people the way Jesus did.
Make this Independence Day the beginning of your journey to true freedom in Christ. Celebrate the life-changing freedom that comes from living according to the Spirit.
Let this be an Independence Day to remember.