July 15, 2013
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

In July, our minds naturally drift toward freedom. Thank you, Lord, for a country where we are free!

But as you and I both are becoming increasingly aware, there is a constant vigilance that is required to maintain freedom.

This is not only true in our nation, but also in our spiritual lives. When humans confess that they have broken God’s holy law and put their trust in Christ’s finished work on the cross, they indeed become free from the condemnation of their sin.

But Scripture warns us to continue in faith (Colossians 2:6-7), for we, like Israel, can turn away from the rock (Christ). “Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.” (I Corinthians 10:5)

Before I went to our annual conference of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) in Wisconsin, I had my own little test with maintaining freedom with my Lord. If, by some minute possibility, my name would come up for consideration as president of the AFLC, would I be willing to leave Good Shepherd?

Even though I felt like digging in my fingernails and hanging on to the church family here, I knew I would never experience the wonderful freedom in Christ if I limited my obedience. So, I told the Lord I would be willing, if that is what He would make very clear.

Well, after the second vote for the president, I began to shake. And after the final vote, when I was actually elected president, I was really shaking. Shaking on the outside for all the changes this would mean, but experiencing freedom on the inside because Jesus is my Lord.

Are you wrestling with letting go of something in order to do what God is calling you to do? Your old flesh will want to try to hang on, but know that the only place of real freedom is in being obedient to the One who gave His life for you.

In this month of July, don’t forget to thank the Lord for the freedom we have in this nation, and also continue to live your life yielded to your Lord in obedience. That is the place of freedom.

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