What It Looks Like to Be Free
What does July 4th look like to you?
Maybe it’s hot dogs, hamburgers, barbeque, flags and patriotic music. Maybe it’s more….
As Americans, we realize there is a much deeper meaning in celebrating our nation’s independence. We know that freedom is not really “free.” From 1776 to this day, our freedom and all that goes with it has cost the sacrifices and even the very lives of many.
To those who have sacrificed, we say, “Thank you.”
We well know what it looks like to be a free American, but do we know what it looks like to be a free Christian?
Think about the price Jesus paid to set us free—all that He has freed us from and all He has freed us to.
As believers, we are free from:
- Sin – “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God” (Heb. 10:12).
- The curse – “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law...” (Gal. 3:13).
- Condemnation – “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus…” (Rom. 8:1).
- Death – “…behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Rev. 1:18).
But it doesn’t stop there. Not only are we free from all of the above, we are free to do some things as well:
- Love – “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God…” (1 John 4:7)
- Give – “Give, and it shall be given unto you…” (Luke 6:38).
- Worship – “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth...” (John 4:23).
- Live – “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25).
We have many freedoms as Americans, but as Christians, we can truly know what it looks like—and how it feels—to be and to live free.