Anything but the Freedom Trail

Dear Mosaic Family,


If you're like me, and you've been living in Boston for a while, you've done the touristy stuff, ad nauseam! Especially the Freedom Trail. No offense to our fore-fathers, but there's only so many times you can see the same old buildings, old churches, and cemeteries (although the U.S.S. Constitution is pretty sweet every time). So whenever I have out-of-town friends come visit, I warn them ahead of time: sorry (not sorry), but you're doing the Freedom Trail on your own! I'll meet you after, at one of the taverns. 

Living in such close proximity to the Freedom Trail has caused me to take it for granted, which is too bad, because these sites were so instrumental to America's Freedom! I guess it's ok to take the Freedom Trail for granted, as long as we don't take our freedom for granted; I certainly don't. My family fled the Soviet Union in the late 80's specifically to flee the enslavement of atheistic communism, for a chance to worship God freely, in the freest country in the history of the world. We're thankful to God for the freedom He allows us to experience here. 

The same indifference or apathy that I sometimes feel toward the Freedom Trail, we as Christians sometimes feel toward our Freedom in Christ, extended to us by the grace of God. We get used to it. We expect it. We feel entitled to it. We no longer revel in it... and as soon as this apathy sets in, our hearts are no longer stirred by God's grace to worship and love him. As soon as this happens, the Gospel's transformative power in our lives weakens, and we fall away from grace. So Holy Scripture reminds us: "It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1). Are you experiencing this freedom now? Or are you burdened by something? Are you enslaved by something? 

Join us tomorrow as we meditate on the freedom God extends to us, to live lives of love, purpose, and joy! We'll be studying Galatians 4:21-5:15

Praying for you!
Pastor Jan

 

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