The Most Important Freedom
Do you have a special Independence Day tradition? Steve and I enjoy heading to Stone Mountain Park for the fun festivities: food, fanfare, and unbeatable fireworks display. But if I’m not careful, it’s easy to lose sight of the reason we celebrate.
Throughout our history, Americans have fought to maintain the freedoms we enjoy today: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and many others.
Our independence is a big deal.
The dictionary defines it as “politically autonomous; self-governing; free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant,” (The American Heritage Dictionary). And every day, men and women sacrifice their lives so we can have the benefits of a free nation.
Another kind of freedom
What a high price these brave Americans have paid for our physical freedom. I can’t help thinking that our spiritual freedom came at an even greater cost. The Creator of the universe – God’s only Son – was willing to come to a sin-cursed world to live a perfect life and become the sacrifice for the sins of all mankind.
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.Philippians 2:6-8
All who recognize their sinful condition and accept Jesus’ sacrifice as the payment for their sins, will experience true spiritual freedom.
And spiritual freedom is well-worth it.
No more bondage to sin. Christ came to set us free from our selfish desires.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 6:11
Through the power of Christ we can live unselfishly – serving others.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.Galtians 5:13
An eternity spent with Jesus in heaven.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2
As you celebrate the freedom of our nation, consider whether you’ve experienced spiritual freedom.
If not, you can be free today: Admit you are a sinner (Romans 3:23) Realize Jesus paid your sin debt (1 Corinthians 15:3-5) Put your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (Romans 10:9-10,13)
If you gained spiritual freedom today, I’d love to hear from you! Send me an email: maria(at)mariaimorgan(dot)com
Can I pray for you?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the freedom we enjoy in the United States. I’m so grateful for the spiritual freedom You’ve made possible through the death of Your Son on the cross of Calvary. Help me resist selfishness and live to serve others through Your power. Thank You for the great sacrifice You made for me. Help me share it with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.Leave a comment on my wall if this post helped you
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