16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king (1 Peter 2).
One may well ask, “How can we ‘use our freedom’ in Christ ‘as a covering for evil?’” Answer: in the same way Christ was tempted in the desert by the devil to use His supernatural powers for personal gain and fanfare. This means, anything we do that does not reflect our standing as “bondslaves to God” is a misuse of our freedom in Christ. This is another great paradox within the Christian faith: our freedom manifested as bondslaves—which, put another way, simply means freedom from ourselves.
Christ removes the shackles of sin and replaces them with bonds of righteousness—which, in turn, cause us to “honor all people,” to “love the brotherhood,” to “fear God,” and to “honor the king” (or anyone who rules over us). Our freedom in Christ secures an oughtness mentality toward others. We just feel like we ought to serve others rather than ourselves. This is true freedom, indeed—to be free from serving just ourselves, in order to serve others.
Lord, burn a great oughtness in our souls This Day, that we may experience true freedom from ourselves in order to serve others. Amen.