The freedom Paul imagines for us is not only freedom from but also freedom for. It is our allegiance to Christ that shows us how to experience life. It is our obedience to Christ’s way that sets us on the path to life. Allegiance to Christ means the freedom to be God’s instruments, God’s tools for life.
If God can give attention to the young boy Ishmael who was unable to defend himself and provide a holy presence in a time of great need, the Lord will offer his holy presence and also his help to people of the church as well.
Putting things in order is a critical Christian discipline that touches every aspect of daily living.
This Sunday is Pentecost, the day we remember how the disciples received the gift of the presence of the Holy Spirit, who entered into their midst with the sound of rushing wind and the appearance of tongues of fire. The power of the Spirit manifested itself in the disciples’ witness, and many were added to their number daily.
Read the Scriptures from Sunday, June 1.