In the service of God we find perfect freedom. You were created to worship and serve God. This is your purpose.
Once again, in the history of the people of Israel, we see God’s salvation plan foreshadowed. We see his plan to free his people from slavery through Moses. Time and again God says words along these lines to Moses: ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me”’ (9:1).
He gives Pharaoh so many opportunities. Again and again Moses speaks the words of God to him: ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me’ (9:13; 10:3,7). Or, as The Message translates, ‘Release my people so that they can worship me’.
The world understands our ‘good works’ but does not see the importance of our worship. Pharaoh accuses them of being lazy and sees worship as an alternative to work (5:17–18).
God loves you. He does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). The only way we will perish is if, like Pharaoh, we harden our hearts and ignore all the warning signs that God puts in the way. Pride was at the root of Pharaoh’s sin. The more he refused, the harder it became to change his mind without losing face. Be prepared to admit to making mistakes rather than going on in the wrong direction regardless.
God’s desire is for his people to be set free to worship him throughout the whole of life. He wants to set you free from guilt, shame, sin, addiction and fear. He wants to set you free to love, serve and worship him.
Lord, thank you that you said ‘if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed’ (John 8:36). May I use my freedom to worship and serve you.
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