On Independence Day, we take time to thank God for our freedom. We are thankful for our citizenship in the United States, as well as our citizenship in heaven. I love to dwell on the freedom and liberty that I have in Christ. What Jesus did by dying for us is unfathomable. This freedom will always be a mysterious gift.
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)
Accepting that I am free, through Christ, is a joy. It’s not superficial or confusing, but it’s glorious freedom. Yet, I struggle to accept that other Christ-followers are also free.
Jesus didn’t just die for me. He died for all.
The freedom in Christ isn’t just for me. Freedom is for all.
Often, I am tempted to focus on non-essentials. I am worried about who has the freedom to wear those clothes, drink that, eat that, watch that, listen to that, work there, vacation there…etc. I know that I have the freedom to know Christ and make God glorifying life choices…choices that will differ from other Christ-followers. My sins are covered. Your sins are covered.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. (Colossians 2: 13-17)
Why then, am I so worried about the freedom that other people have or don’t have? Where I have the freedom to say “yes”, someone else may have freedom to say “no”. I have the freedom to decline watching a movie, while another has the freedom to watch that same film. Why? Because freedom is for ALL.
17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
This Independence Day, I invite you to join me in thanking God for freedom. Not just the freedom that you have to walk with God, but the freedom that the person next to you has as well.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galations 5:1)