I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year. The Fourth of July always functions as a reminder that we truly do live in the greatest nation currently on earth. We have freedoms here that occupy the hopes and dreams of many in this world today. For these freedoms, and for the efforts of our forefathers, we should have great pride and appreciation, and I do.
The freedom to worship, the freedom to vote, the freedom to speak with conviction and to make decisions to live life according to passions and convictions is great… it’s monumental, and it’s the second greatest freedom that I have ever had. Not a close second to be sure. The freedom that takes first place is not great, it’s exceptional. It isn’t simply monumental; it is life altering and life defining. For the believer, we were slaves. Perhaps for some, this was true not very long ago. Slaves to sin, slaves to hopelessness, and slaves to a future forged in turmoil, struggle, and pain.
This holiday I have no long or intricate devotional, no sermon or lecture. What I do have is the greatest freedom that the world has ever known.
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. –John 8:34–36
The greatest freedom the world over is the freedom that comes at the foot of the cross. The greatest choice a man or woman can make is the choice to put their faith in the hope of the world. Then we can be free to hope, free to trust in the promises of God without fear, free to celebrate the future, and free to find true life in the present.
If we celebrate the liberty of a nation for a day, how much longer should we celebrate a host of sinners saved by grace to true freedom? Though a nation’s freedom can be forged in the crucible of the deepest conviction of the generations of man… this too will someday pass away, however, What the Son sets free is free indeed. Happy 4th of July.
How can I find freedom in Christ?