“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela
Mr. Mandela’s thought is challenging to the way we live our lives and the purpose for which they are lived.
There is not doubt Mandela was speaking about physical freedom from oppression and poverty. However, there is also a great spiritual application.
Our freedom from the consequences of sin is not simply about casting off our own chains. We need to live in a way that will demonstrate respect for others and assist them to enjoy the same level of freedom.
Here is where our leadership will be determined.
If our motivation is based on a selfish desire to only satisfy our own spiritual needs, then we have become near sighted and forgotten the true power of the gospel.
The death of Jesus is a foundation for our life, but as well the life of all who will come to Him. Let us lead others to the true freedom from the bondage and oppression of sin.