Firstly, HAPPY MADARAKA DAY!!!!
If you are wondering what Madaraka day is, it’s the dayKenyans celebrate the attainment of self-governance. The name ‘Madaraka’ is loosely translated to Freedom. So Kenyans celebrate attaining freedom fromBritish Colonial Rule since 1920.
This milestone came after years of freedom fighters rebelling the colonial rule. A large number of factors were in play leading tothe British relinquishing power to the natives of Kenya. One thing remains true and sure: Kenyans did everything and anything they could, to finally be free.
Reflecting on the sacrifices they made, the lives lost in the process and the trauma that the colonial rule inflicted just so that I could live as a free Kenyan, fills me with so much gratitude.
However, what overwhelms my heart when I think of freedom fighters and their pursuit to free the generations to come is the sacrifice Christ made that you and I may be free.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm,then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Galatians 5:1
Through Christ, you and I have the opportunity to be reunited with God, to have fellowship with the Holy Spirit and one day return home, to our Father in heaven. This is such a gift from heaven, one we do not deserve, yet, through God’s Grace we are worthy of it.
While freedom (both spiritual freedom and freedom from colonial rule) lingers in my heart and mind during this Madaraka day celebration, I am reminded that freedom comes with responsibilities.
“For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freed man of the Lord. Likewise, he who was free when called is a slave of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 7:22
So it is not enough to just be free, we are called to a greater and higher standard of living: as a slave of Christ. A slave is owned by the master, obeys the master, lives by the principles of the master.
Therefore, it is not enough to just be saved and attain freedom, we are to live in obedience to Christ and be a slave to no other.The scriptures go further to affirm to us the best use of our freedom is not to find pleasure in and for ourselves but to find pleasure in serving others.
Galatians 5:13-14 You, my brothers, were called to be free.But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbour as yourself."
What struck me is that scripture goes further to emphasize that if we attain our freedom and use it to cover up evil, we are in disobedience of Gods command to live as servants of him and slaves to Christ.
1 Peter 2:16 Live as free men but do not use your freedomto cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
Essentially, what the scriptures are telling us is we attained our freedom not for our own benefit but for others. If you fully apply this principle to Madaraka day and the celebration of freedom would mean that we ought to use our freedom not to cover up for evil but to serve as servants of God in Kenya.
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As a believer, the question then is, 'How have I used my freedom (Madaraka)?’
‘I’m I serving God by serving his people or is my pursuit focused on self-development and advancement?’
‘Is my country better because I chose to stand up for what is right and true, serve and refuse to be a part of the evil around us?’
‘I’m I encouraging sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed corruption, deceit, anger,rage, malice, slander, and filthy language?’
And finally let’s not forget to ask ourselves, if we are wasting the sacrifice, made my freedom fighters by looting this country to the ground, both on a government level and on an individual level.
How have you used your freedom?
In conclusion, I urge you to use this gift of freedom for the benefit of those around us both on a national level and spiritually, that is God’s desire for us.
Use your Freedom wisely!