Being then made free from sin, you become the servants of righteousness. (Romans 6:18 NIV)
On July 4, 1776, members of the Continental Congress representing the thirteen American colonies approved the Declaration of Independence. This document proclaims, “these united Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States.”
The colonists desired to be free of English control. They desired to be independent and pursue life on their own.
What a blessing to be free from control of others and to make our own decisions personally and as a nation. It is proper that we celebrate this holiday with family gatherings, picnics and fireworks.
Yet many in this country have relinquished their spiritual independence to sin, which robs them of the ability to stand on their own. They have lost their personal freedom and are regulated by external forces.
Jesus came to set us free from sin. He said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples, Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31 NIV)
I have discovered an irony in accepting Jesus as my savior. His sacrifice freed from sin and spiritual death. However, I willingly give up my independence to rely on Him and gladly seek His control over my life.
I justifiably give thanks to God that I live this life on earth in a free and independent nation. I also exalt my Savior because He has given me a life that is further blessed through His control.
Dear Lord, Thank You for the gift of Your Son that has made my soul and sprit free. And thank You for a country that allows me to declare myself a bond servant to You.
© Christy Struben 2011