Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ~ The blood of Jesus has made us free and brought us into the liberty of his kingdom. Before we were saved, we were all prisoners of sin. We were held captive by a task master who kept us imprisoned to the laws and things of the kingdom of darkness. And as Christians, if we aren’t careful, we can carry over some of those same types of mentalities into the kingdom of God and our relationship with Him.
For example, when I was growing up before I became a Christian, I always felt that I had to perform or do ‘works’ to get the approval of my parents. I don’t think I ever had confidence in their love for me unless I was doing something that I thought was pleasing to them. Well, if I’m not careful, I can fall into that same type of mentality with God. I know that he loves me, but sometimes I put such great expectations or demands on myself that it can actually cause me to strive or perform in hopes of pleasing God instead of resting in his love for me and doing those things out of love for Him. God wants us to seek him, pursue him, out of love, not out of a servitude mentality or any other type of mentality or motive. Our confidence needs to be in his love and the blood that was shed for us; not out of our works or what we can do.
God wants children, not servants. This doesn’t mean that we throw off all constraints and relieve ourselves of responsibility, but it means that we live in balance. There is freedom in love and it is much easier to do things out of freedom than it is to do things when you are in bondage. Refuse to revert back to slavery and walk in the liberty that is found in Christ. Let our confidence be in the completed work of Calvary and not what we can do.