Freedom through servant-hood (1 Peter 2:16)

"Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God." - 1 Peter 2:16

What I love about this verse is the juxtaposition of free and servant. One of the interesting things we struggle with as believers is the dilemma of not living unless we die, and here not knowing freedom unless we submit ourselves to servant-hood.

Our freedom comes from God. It is only through serving Him and obeying His every command that we truly know freedom. This is because we ourselves are slaves to sin unless we choose something better, like God. When we do not submit ourselves to God we are bound by our own limits, misunderstandings, and frequently our own stupidity.

We make poor choices because we don't know how to live our lives fully. But our Creator? He knows. And when we serve Him we are listening to the one who knows how to have the most fun, the most freedom, the most joy.

The trick is to not confuse our freedom with satisfying our sinful desires, which is not freedom but slavery. When we use our freedom as a cover-up for evil we're choosing to follow someone or something which does not know how to live as well as our Creator.

Therefore, go and through obedience learn to enjoy your freedom as a servant of God.