Having just celebrated the fourth of July, I’d have to say it is one of my absolute very favorite holiday’s of all. Celebrating the signing of the declaration of Independence and the freedoms we enjoy as a country because of it, is truly remarkable. I also love the 4th because it also represents family, friends, fun, food, and of course fireworks.
As wonderful as all those things are, and the freedoms that we enjoy in this beautiful country, truly the greatest freedom we can ever experience comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says . . . “Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
True freedom comes from being set free! Sin held us captive, Christ Jesus sets us free. Jesus came to earth to pay the price for the sin debt we owed. He stamped our bill, paid in full and in doing so released us from the bondage of sin. This doesn’t mean we no longer sin, but that we are released from burden of sin which brings death. It was a miraculous exchange, his death bought us life and therefore buying our freedom!
Prior to His death, The law (ten commandments) was given to show us our sin (Romans 3:20). Jesus death on the cross bought us freedom from the curse of the law. Galatians 3:13 says . . But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Jesus paid the punishment for our sin so that we could be set free from it.
With freedom comes responsibility. God did not purchase our freedom so that we could then live however we wanted and do whatever we choose, but that we would rather serve one another humbly in love (Galatians 5:1-2) Galatians 5:3 goes on to say . . . “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” In Ephesians 5:29 it says, “No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.”
If we are to truly love our neighbor, it requires us to live selflessly by loving and serving others and doing what is in the best interest for them. This requires wisdom to do things God’s way instead of ours. It’s choosing to walk in the Spirit versus walking in the flesh. James 3:17 tells us a little bit about true wisdom . . . “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
True freedom comes when we identify ourselves with Christ, in his death, burial and resurrection. Christ came to set us free and when we have freedom, we have choices. Lets choose to walk in Spirit and live in all the fullness that God has for us. Now that’s true freedom and that’s a reason to celebrate! So if the son set you free, you are truly free. John 8:36
Father God thank you for sending your son Jesus to pay the penalty for my sin. Thank you that you bought my freedom with the precious blood of your son. My freedom came at a great cost to you. Help me to use my freedom wisely by loving and serving my brothers and sisters in love. Forgive me for the times I so often fail. Thank you for the forgiveness we have in You.
Help me to daily die to self so that I may live for you. Help me to put on your love and to walk in the empowerment of your Spirit. Thank you for who you are and for all you do. To you be the glory both now and forever. AMEN