Celebrating Freedom: July 4

Fourth of July: Celebrating the Eternal Freedom Found in the Gospel

As America celebrates its 247th birthday, we must not forget those who laid down their lives for our freedom, and appreciate their sacrifice.

But more importantly, let’s take time to reflect on a freedom that transcends borders, time, and earthly nations. This freedom can only be found in the gospel of Jesus Christ, who laid down His life for our eternal freedom. While we express gratitude for the liberties we enjoy as American citizens (which are quickly eroding since America has turned her back on the God of the Bible), let us remember that our allegiance does not lie in earthly kingdoms but in the kingdom of God. While everyone else celebrates what is temporary and wasting away, let’s celebrate the eternal freedom we have in the gospel and the transformative power it holds for every believer, regardless of nationality or background.

1. The Freedom from Sin and Death:

In the gospel, we find the incredible truth that Jesus Christ came to set us free from the bondage of sin and the power of death. Through His sacrificial death on the cross and His triumphant resurrection, Jesus offers us forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life. The gospel declares that in Christ, we are no longer slaves to our previous sinful nature but have been made new creations with a new nature, set free to live in righteousness and holiness (Romans 6:22-23; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

2. The Freedom from Guilt and Condemnation:

One of the most liberating aspects of the gospel is the assurance of God's forgiveness and the corresponding freedom from guilt and condemnation. No matter what sins, mistakes, or failures we may have committed, the gospel reminds us that in Christ, there is no condemnation for those who belong to Him. Through His grace and mercy, we are set free from the weight of guilt and shame, and we can approach God with confidence, knowing that we are fully accepted and loved (Romans 8:1-2; 1 John 1:9).

3. The Freedom to Love and Serve:

The gospel not only sets us free from the bondage of sin but also empowers us to love and serve others. In Christ, we are called to a life of love, compassion, and sacrificial service. The gospel transforms our hearts and enables us to extend grace, forgiveness, and kindness to those around us. As followers of Christ, we are called to be agents of reconciliation and bearers of the good news, sharing the freedom we have found in Him with others (Galatians 5:13; 2 Corinthians 5:18).

4. The Freedom to Live with Purpose:

Through the gospel, we discover our true purpose and meaning in life. We are no longer driven by worldly ambitions or the pursuit of temporal success. Instead, we are called to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. The gospel invites us to live with an eternal perspective, investing our time, talents, and resources in things that have lasting value. In Christ, we are freed from the emptiness of chasing after worldly treasures and are invited to participate in the redemptive work of God's kingdom (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1–2).

As America celebrates its 247th birthday, let us remember and rejoice that our ultimate freedom is in Christ and our citizenship is in heaven. While we express gratitude for the liberties we enjoy as citizens of this nation, let us prioritize our commitment to the kingdom of God. The gospel offers us a freedom that surpasses any earthly freedom, a freedom that transforms lives, brings hope, and invites us into a meaningful and purposeful journey with our Savior. May we continually embrace and proclaim this eternal freedom found in the gospel, sharing it with others, and living as ambassadors of Christ's love and grace in the world.

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