What does that mean?  We could look back into history or present traditions and tie it to the ringing of the bells upon a victory, however, for believers it could have a much deeper meaning.

Galatians 5:1 tells us, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Paul was encouraging the Galatians to loose themselves from their old ways of thinking – submitting to the pressures of society and tradition – and to embrace the freedom of living in Christ.  He was warning them that the failure to do so would come at a very high price.

It is no different for us today.  We have a choice:  We can live in bondage to the pressures of society – good job; good salary; nice house; great car; kids on the right team – or we can embrace our freedom in Christ and allow Him to order our footsteps and establish our values.

What does that look like in real life?  Truthfully, it may look different for each of us; but’ we will hold one thing in common – it will always be birthed out of our relationship with Him.

As we discover the incredible love our Father God has for us, we will begin to look to Him for direction.  That direction will guide us into a life that will be rich and fulfilling, as well as a blessing to others.

As we fill ourselves with His heart – that is what will begin to spill out of our hearts.  Attitudes of love, compassion, and joy, will flow forth – regardless of our circumstances.  The result will be that others will be drawn to the Christ in us and they will also discover the joy of freedom.

I don’t mean for this to sound like a Pollyanna story.  Jesus paid a high price for our freedom and we will also have a price to pay; but, it is not nearly as costly as allowing ourselves to be “burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

My friends, let freedom ring in your life!  Allow the passion, presence, power, and peace of the Holy Spirit fill you so the world will hear your song.

Lord, I think perhaps I may have been playing the wrong tune.  I have allowed myself to be influenced by the pressures of society – falling back into slavery – rather than by my relationship with You.  Forgive me, Lord.  Help me, by the power of Your Spirit, to change my focus and embrace the fullness of my freedom in You, so that others will come to know You – the Truth that can set them free!  In the wonderful name of Your Son, Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Nita Kuehn