“Freedom is never free.” Chances are, you’ve heard that saying before. It is so, so true. July 4th is a holiday we celebrate every year in honor of the freedom we have as Americans that so many people have sacrificed part or all of their lives for. While in today’s society, we are struggling to protect some of those very freedoms (such as free speech) in our country, we are extremely blessed to have far greater freedom than many of our fellow Christian brothers and sisters around the world.
Even more important than our American freedom is the freedom we have in Christ.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” -Galatians 5:13-14
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. -Romans 8:1-2
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. -Ephesians 2:8-9
This Fourth of July, I will celebrate the many freedoms we have as Americans, but I will celebrate and praise God so much more for the freedom that I have now in Christ.
Christ’s sacrifice is what paid the price for my freedom. Freedom from sin and death; freedom that saved me so that I could glorify my Creator and spend eternity with him, just like He created me to do.
Happy 4th of July!