Today is the Fourth of July ~ Independence Day for Americans. It’s a day when we honor our country and celebrate the freedoms gained over 200 years ago. It’s also a time to spend with family and friends, celebrating with cookouts, picnics, festivals and fireworks.
As I reflect on the freedoms I have as an American my mind also wanders to the freedoms I have as a child of God.
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
We are born as slaves to sin. Our very nature is to question authority and want to do things our own way. But this sin separates us from God and keeps us from spending eternity with Him in Heaven. The immediate sense of satisfaction we have by exerting our independence in doing things our own way keeps us from an even better reward after our time on earth is done.
Thankfully Jesus came from that incredible Heaven and lived a sinless life here on earth. For anyone willing to submit to God’s will for our lives and trust in Jesus to lead us in His ways we receive freedom from our sinfulness and so much more.
We are free:
- from guilt and shame
- from bad habits
- from believing the lies of the evil one!
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
Wouldn’t it be something if we celebrated our freedom in Christ as jubilantly as we celebrate our country’s freedom?
Happy Independence Day from me to each of you!
blessings and peace…