Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Celebrate your freedom!

'Tis the season to talk about freedom, so let’s.

As the US celebrates its Independence Day, it is a good time for all free people to pause to appreciate their freedom and to pray for those who lack it. This is true with both political freedom and spiritual freedom.

It is a great gift to live in a land where you can actually influence your government, where you can have a say in what it does and can say your peace when you think it’s wrong. It’s a greater gift to live in a land where you can serve your Lord without fear. And while the two do not necessarily exist together, they usually do. We must remember to guard our freedom carefully, because when one goes, the other usually follows. And where we can spread these freedoms we will more easily be able to spread the gospel.

But as we reflect on the value of our earthly freedoms, we have to remember that there is a greater freedom that is far more valuable, and those who lack it are far more pitiable. We have been freed from the law of sin and death! We have been freed from the penalty of our sins, we are being freed from the power of sin even now, and we will one day be freed from even the presence of sin! We were purchased like slaves, and yet we’ve been invited to live as part of the Master’s family as free sons and daughters!

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free," so dwell in that freedom, delight in that freedom, and, most importantly, share that freedom.

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