Freedom Through Commitment
By Marcel Rebiai
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself ’.” Galatians 5:13-14
Lack of accountability, a reluctance to commit to relationships and agreements, and the desire to avoid anything binding are not an especially western phenomenon. My life in various different cultures taught me that our reluctance to commit is simply a human trait, inherent to all cultures. However, in the west this phenomenon has found strength in building the illusion that independence and individuality, or no longer needing be accountable to anyone, are all signs of freedom and maturity. What a tragic misunderstanding!
This form of independence is almost always superficial and eventually leads to emptiness and loneliness. True freedom, however, grows when we are truly anchored, when we can experience belonging, security, trust and acceptance. We were created to be part of community and as Christians we cannot grow or mature outside of fellowship and commitment. We have the opportunity to experience support, healing and liberation when we share our lives with others, show ourselves in our reality, and allow ourselves to be confronted by their realities – always on a common foundation of trust and support.
This devotional is taken from the book To See God by Marcel Rebiai. If you would like to order your own copy, please email us here, [email protected].
Marcel Rebiai is a board member of Revive Israel, and is inspiration for our community. Marcel was born in Algiers in 1953. He came to Switzerland as a war orphan and received faith in Jesus in his youth, which changed his life and made him a messenger of God’s love in Jesus. Since then, he has been faithfully working for the building of the community of Messiah. Marcel is the founder of the “Community of Reconciliation”, an organization that works for reconciliation between Jews and Arabs based on God’s forgiveness and love in Christ. Marcel teaches in various settings around the world about the love that God revealed to us in Jesus, a love that enables reconciliation. Marcel has been living in Jerusalem for the last 30 years, is married to Regula, and has four children and eleven grandchildren.