Love the Lord Your God With Your Spirit: Risk Freeing Someone

We’ve looked at loving God with our minds and bodies. Today I want to focus on how we love God with our soul, our spirit. We are free and called to use our freedom to love and serve.

In Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, she writes, “Toni Morrison said, ‘The function of freedom is to free someone else,’ and if you are no longer wracked or in bondage to a person or way of life, tell your story. Risk freeing someone else.”

This quote made me stop while reading and think for quite a while. It reminded me about how I have been freed from the bondage and penalty of sin, so because of that, am able to offer freedom to someone else. In fact, Christians are, in a sense, morally obligated and called to spread the freedom that comes from God’s word. For me, that call includes working in whatever way I can to see the Bible translated so others can also find freedom and be able to free those in their communities.

The other part of the quote that gets me is when Morrison says, “Risk freeing someone else.” Offering freedom does take a risk. It puts you close to danger and can feel like a threat to your own safety. God never promised safety, but he promised he’d never leave us or forsake us. My responsibility is to take the truth and freedom where it’s most needed, whatever that means. And for me, that means doing whatever I can to make sure that the whole world has a chance to hear God’s voice in their own language.

Find a way to worship God with your spirit by setting the souls of others free.

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