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  • Writer's picturePastor Gary

Living Upside Down in a Right-Side Up World

Updated: Jun 13

Finding True Freedom -

In a world that constantly bombards us with messages about what freedom looks like, it's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of a life without restrictions or responsibilities. We're told that true freedom means being able to do whatever we want, whenever we want, with whomever we want. But what if this kind of freedom doesn't actually lead to fulfillment or happiness?

The truth is, the world's definition of freedom is temporary and fleeting. It's based on the idea that we just need more - more money, more power, more control - in order to be truly free. But this pursuit of worldly freedom only leaves us wanting, always striving for the next thing that will supposedly bring us happiness. It's a freedom that can enslave you.

As Christians, we're called to a different kind of freedom. It's a freedom that's found not in the things of this world, but in Christ alone. It's a freedom that doesn't come from doing whatever we want, but from surrendering our lives to God and living according to His will.

This kind of freedom can seem counterintuitive at first. It goes against everything the world tells us about what it means to be free. But as we dig into God's Word, we begin to see that true freedom is found in living upside down in a right-side up world.

Jesus Himself modeled this upside-down way of living. He taught that freedom comes from becoming poor in spirit, from being weak, from taking on the role of a servant. He called people to surrender their lives, to confess Him, to stop trying to be first and instead think of themselves last.

This isn't a freedom that's based on performance or obedience to a set of rules. It's a freedom that comes from accepting the free gift of salvation through Christ. It's a freedom that allows us to live without fear of death, knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

But this freedom in Christ isn't a license to live however we want. Instead, it's a freedom to love - to love God and to love others. As Paul writes in Galatians 5:13, "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love."

This is the essence of living upside down in a right-side up world. It's about making the choice to love others, even when it's difficult. It's about serving others, even when we don't feel like it. It's about giving of ourselves, even when the world tells us to focus on our own needs and desires.

Living this way isn't easy. It goes against our natural inclinations and the messages we're bombarded with every day. But as we surrender our lives to Christ and allow His Spirit to work in us, we begin to experience a freedom that the world can never offer.

It's a freedom that comes from knowing we are loved unconditionally by the Creator of the universe. It's a freedom that allows us to let go of the need to prove ourselves or earn our way into God's favor. It's a freedom that empowers us to love others selflessly, even when they seem unlovable.

So how do we begin to live in this upside-down freedom? It starts with surrendering our lives to Christ and asking Him to show us how to love others the way He loves us. It means being willing to step out of our comfort zones and reach out to those who are hurting or in need. It means choosing to forgive, even when we've been deeply wounded.

As we begin to live in this way, we'll find that true freedom isn't about doing whatever we want, but about aligning our lives with God's purposes and plans. We'll discover a joy and peace that the world can never offer, and we'll be able to love others in a way that points them to the ultimate source of freedom - Jesus Christ Himself.

In order to help us to make this powerful truth a reality in our lives, following is a 5-day Bible reading plan and devotional guide based on the message from this week's worship:

Day 1: Freedom in Christ

Reading: John 8:31-36

Devotional: True freedom is not found in doing whatever we want, but in surrendering our lives to Christ. When we abide in Jesus' teaching and allow His truth to transform us, we experience liberation from the bondage of sin. Reflect on areas where you may be seeking worldly freedom and ask God to help you find true freedom in obedience to Him.

Day 2: God's Love for All People

Reading: Acts 15:1-21

Devotional: God's love extends to all people, regardless of their background. Just as the early church struggled with accepting Gentile believers, we can sometimes put up unnecessary barriers to those seeking Christ. Pray for a heart that celebrates God's work in others' lives, even if their spiritual journey looks different from your own. Look for opportunities to show God's love to someone who might feel excluded.

Day 3: Saved by Grace

Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

Devotional: Our salvation is a gift of God's grace, not something we can earn through good works or perfect obedience to the law. Spend time reflecting on the depth of God's love and mercy in rescuing you from sin and death. Thank Him for the gift of faith. Consider how you can live out your faith in humble service to others, not to earn favor but out of gratitude.

Day 4: Hope in Suffering

Reading: Romans 5:1-5

Devotional: As followers of Christ, we are not exempt from hardship and suffering. But we have hope that God is using trials to shape our character and draw us closer to Him. Reflect on a difficult situation you are currently facing. How might God be inviting you to trust Him more deeply? Pray for His strength and perspective in the midst of the struggle.

Day 5: Living as Servants

Reading: Galatians 5:13-14

Devotional: In God's upside-down kingdom, true greatness is found in serving others. Our freedom in Christ enables us to humbly put others' needs before our own. Look for a practical way to serve someone in your life today, not out of obligation but genuine love. Ask God to give you His heart for people and to use you as an instrument of His grace.

Remember every where you go, Christ is alive in you, He wants to do something through you right where you are!

Be blessed!



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