Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Live as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. 1 Peter 2.16
The concept of freedom can be a selfish one. The world’s concept of freedom is that one can do as one wants no matter the consequences to others. Freedom is often used as an excuse for wrong behavior.
Peter wrote to live as free people. But, this freedom is one that allows us a choice to fear God and respect him. If we have respect for God, we will obey him.
In obeying God, he wants us to live in submission to government authorities as long as they do not go against God’s will. There is a reason for this. God wants his people to live correctly, doing good so that foolish people, who speak ignorantly, will be silenced, 2.15.
Choice. Christians choose to be God’s slaves. We choose to obey rather than to rebel. We choose to do good to others rather than to cheat them or tear them down. We choose to share the gospel with others rather than to hoard it for ourselves. Our freedom comes in the choice.