Happy 4th of July! I have always enjoyed celebrating the 4th of July with family and friends and hope you guys are having a wonderful day! There is just something about the warm weather that makes this day such a fun celebration.
I have gone through so much this past year of my life and no matter what has happened, I have been reminded over and over again what it means to be free. And, in light of today’s celebration, I thought I’d share a little bit with you all.
Awhile back, one of my teachers shared with me what he believes about the gospel. He shared that, to him, the gospel is freedom. Freedom from sins that once held power over us as well as living free from any of the labels the world tries to put on us. When we accept Jesus into our lives, we experience true freedom for the very first time.
And while many of us have never lived without the luxury of freedom, we all have heard stories of what it is like to be held captive. We have all heard stories about people who aren’t free to do the things they love. Now, this isn’t the point of this post, but too often I think we take this freedom we have been given by those who have and continue to serve, for granted.
But think back to a time in your own life when you felt that freedom was out of reach. We all have past mistakes that once took the commanding seat of our lives. For instance, someone could mention a name or even a seemingly innocent word and all of the sudden you on edge or covered with shame. Sin isn’t something that just happens and then is forgotten. When not handed over to the Lord, sin controls your life. Even if it has been 5 years, you are not free of sin unless you let Jesus fight it for you.
But as Christians, the moment we nailed our sins to the cross and allowed Jesus to wash them away, we were handed freedom. True freedom. Freedom from shame, guilt, anger, and hurt. When Jesus died on that cross so did our sins. And on the third day, he rose with our freedom in the palms of his hands.
That is the gospel. A lost people, controlled and governed by sins that nobody could overthrow. But then a savior is born. The one person who could beat the sins of this world decided to take each and every sin to the cross. He willingly died for us to bring us freedom in Christ.
Now that we have this freedom, we get to live our lives without fear of the past or the future. We get to laugh in the face of fear and in the face of sin because we have been given freedom. No longer are we held back because of our sins. When Jesus hung on that cross and rose again, sin lost all power over us.
And on this wonderful day of celebration, try to take some time and thank the Lord for the freedom you have received in Jesus Christ. It is for the sake of experiencing true freedom, that we have been set free. Freedom is SUCH a gift. Now it is our job to go and share it with others. Happy 4th of July!!!!
XOXO, The Christian Prepster