Like many of Americans across this great nation we remember and consider the Fourth of July and what it represents: our freedom as a nation. This freedom is precious, bought with the sweat, and blood of countless Americans who fought and prevailed, as well as those who have fought to secure it. The very freedom that is daily threatened to be strip away.
Today we should feel gratitude in our hearts when we consider the brave men and women in the military who have fought and who choose to serve our country by protecting our American freedom.
But even as we value our freedom as an American, we, as believers, should be moved to consider a greater freedom—our freedom in Christ.
It is the freedom that comes with being a disciple of Jesus Christ
“Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” “But we are descendants of Abraham,” they said. “We have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean, ‘You will be set free’?” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”
John 8:31-36 NLT
People do not always realize that they are in bondage. The Jews, proud of their religion, didn’t even know their need to be free.”
Even as believers we can fall into the temptation to trust in other “things” for our freedom. But the true disciple finds freedom in Jesus and in Jesus alone.
The Fourth of July is a great time to consider our freedom—as Americans and as Believer’s. Our national freedom should be valued, but it’s our freedom in Christ, who made the ultimate sacrifice, who shed His blood for us all, that is of true worth.