For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)
I believe God has something special in store for the Shakopee campus this year, and this verse in Galatians captures my heart for what God is up to.
I love that Paul reminds us we were called to freedom. He talks about two ways that we can choose to walk in freedom. We can walk in the freedom we have by indulging in this world, or we can indulge in His love. It’s a choice we have.
Sometimes I think it’s easy to read this verse and disqualify ourselves or think that we are the exception. But I think this is especially important to know that you are not the exception. You are not disqualified from the freedom God has for you. It says “you were called to freedom.” That is in the past tense. He has already marked you with freedom. You get the choice to walk in it, daily.
I think sometimes the hardest questions we ask are the ones that we ask ourselves. Are we walking in the way of the world or are we walking in ways of God? How are we loving our best friends? Are we loving our parents? Are we honoring the annoying roommate that we were placed with this year? They aren’t all easy questions. But we were called to freedom.
With every relationship, we have the ability to fulfill His invitation to love and serve others. That’s what I want to see our campus and all River Valley campuses step into. I hope you will join me in praying for Shakopee as we live out this vision.
- Pray for our campus to multiply in commitments to Christ and water baptisms.
- Pray for every person to find connection and community at Shakopee.
- Pray for a spirit of freedom, love, and service to mark our campus.
- Pray for the courage to walk in the calling God has for each of us.