Called to be Free

by Joanna Pierce on July 04, 2018

When I was in first grade, our teacher brought caterpillars into the classroom. (Mind you, I was at ease because they were confined to a 10-gallon glass aquarium.) We were all enthralled with these tiny creatures as they inched around the container—even me, the bug bemoaner.

One morning, we returned to school to find these caterpillars confined to a tiny green chrysalis. The classroom became abuzz with excitement awaiting their transformation. The caterpillar’s wrapping began to change from an opaque jade to transparent glass, revealing the origins of a brand-new creature. Then one day, during our math class, a distracted student yelled out that the insect had begun emergence from its dainty prison. No longer a caterpillar, it had become a Monarch butterfly.

After a few days, our class traipsed outside to the school garden, gingerly lifted the lid from the glass chamber, and set the orange and black winged creature free.

Monarch butterflies were never meant to live out their days in a transparent vessel or to be spied upon by noisy first-grade children. Their very metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly, contained walls to broken barriers, foreshadowed their entire life. They were destined to be changed. They were destined to be free.

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another (Galatians 5:13, KJV).

I’m not a bug (and cringe at the thought), but we are very much like the Monarch butterfly. We were born into sin (Psalms 51:5) and into invisible chains of bondage. But, our Father in Heaven didn’t create us to live in such a state. He called us to be transformed into new creatures and into a world of liberty (Romans 12:1–2, II Corinthians 5:17). We were called to be free.

Our Nation celebrates its liberty today—on the fourth of July. A people previously bound by oppressors, confined by limitations, and defined by one identity emerged changed, strong, independent, and free.

We are a blessed people, who experience the love, protection, mercy, and grace of a God who ordained our freedom before the worlds were formed, and before the breath of life was even breathed out into a living soul. Our Heavenly Father created and called us into liberty.

Even as we celebrate our freedom today, we must remember we were not called to use this freedom toward fleshly indulgences or relational strife. We were called to be free to serve one another humbly in love, just as our Father, and Savior, Jesus Christ has done not only for our Nation, but entire world.

Remember today that you were not created to live in a world of darkness. You were called into His marvellous light (I Peter 2:9). You were not called to walk in the flesh, but to walk in the Spirit (Romans 8:1). You were not created to die and fall into hell, but to experience everlasting life (John 5:24). You were not created to stay bound in a world of sin, but to be freed (John 8:36).

Jesus, thank You for an opportunity to celebrate freedom today and for making a way for our country to experience liberty. It is all because of You and Your love for us. Thank you for calling us to be free.