July 4th, Independence Day! A day in which we celebrate freedom from oppressive English rule. A group of men made a decision to live free and committed to do whatever needed to be done to make that happen. However, they did not do it just for themselves; they did it for their families and fellow citizens as well. Freedom is what they wanted. They believed it was their God-given right to live as free men, so they went after it.
I have come to realize that far too many of us are no longer actively enjoying the freedom that we have been given. Let's face it - most of us are happy to just survive on the foundation that was provided to us. As an American citizen, I have been taught to be thankful for my freedom. As a former soldier, I understand that freedom comes at an exceptionally high cost. As a Christian, I understand that because of this freedom, I get to openly worship my Lord and praise Him for my spiritual freedom. You would have to agree that being born an American citizen is a pretty sweet thing.
Sometimes I need to be reminded of this basic truth: My Lord and Savior has given me freedom. In Romans 8:1 I am told, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." I have been given a blessed gift that no man can take from me. I have freedom in Christ Jesus; not because of anything I have done, but because of what He has done! As I was reading and typing this verse, the nasty, accusing devil showed up and tried to remind me how horrible I am. He tried to throw my past transgressions in my face and put me back in bondage. Well, hold on devil! My Lord died on a cross for me; He shed His blood for me. I have acknowledged that I am a wretched sinner and have accepted His work on the cross. Moreover, I know that He is risen and sits at the right hand of God, constantly reminding God that I am washed under His blood. What a glorious thing to be reminded of! I am not justified by the law or anything that I have done. I am justified because of Christ's work on the cross and His love for me.
On this Independence Day, take time to remember and celebrate the birth of our wonderful country and the freedom you have been given. Remember those who sacrificed so much to allow you to live free. Also, take time to remember Christ who has given you the ultimate freedom. He sacrificed everything so that you could be free from sin and live an abundant life!
Written by Jesse Kyle