Galatians 5:13: "For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. "
There is an irony to our freedom in Christ in that, as St. Paul explains, freedom is not license to do whatever we want, but rather, a call to serve others through love. In that sense, we give up our freedom for the sake of others. But those are who free are the only ones who can serve freely, not under compulsion.
We in America value our freedom and we know that freedom comes at great cost. And we who follow Jesus are called to use our freedom for the sake of others in sacrificial love to become "slaves to one another." The beautiful vision here is that if we all truly lived out that kind of radical service to each other, no one would be without or in want - no one would be alone, destitute, or oppressed.
What will it look like to "give up our freedom" to embrace this kind of radical love and servanthood for others today?