240 years ago the United States designated July 4th as a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The document declared the original 13 colonies free from oppressive rule under the British Empire. We became a new nation separate from Great Britain.
That freedom was based upon universal truths of equality granted to all people by God and it afforded citizens of the United States certain irrevocable rights.
As Christians, we declare our freedom from sin and the law based on the undeniable truth of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. The Father grants us citizenship in His Kingdom. That truth sets us free (John 8:32).
We can either refuse the freedom Christ offers us and remain enslaved to our sin, or be free by committing our lives to Him. This is not about salvation, but about living out the freedom that Christ won for us. Even some of us adopted by God into His family, still choose to let sin rule our hearts and trust in our own performance to emancipate us.
Can you imagine being a citizen of the United States, but not taking advantage of the benefits to which your citizenship entitles you? What if the colonists declared their independence but continued to pay taxes to Great Britain?
Some of us have been set free by the gospel, but still pay taxes to the law.
God gave Moses the commandments by which He expected His people to live. Our sinful human nature is unable to live up to that standard. To help the Israelites in Jesus’ day adhere to God’s law, the Pharisees developed and enforced even more rules and restrictions. But this made the law heavier than the two stone tablets on which God originally penned them. Keeping it became tedious and burdensome.
It made us free from the oppressive restrictions of the law. But when I continue to give in to sinful temptations or try to atone for sin by my good deeds, I’ve chosen the law as my master.
Slaves to sin refuse to become bondservants to Christ.
According to Old Testament law, slaves were to set free after six years of service to their master (Exodus 21:2). But, by performing a symbolic ear piercing, they could choose to remain with their master as a bondservant (Exodus 21:5-6).
Some opted to stay and serve because they loved their master.
Truly free people choose to serve God because of His love for us.
Because we serve the best Master, we can confidently submit to His authority in our lives. He longs for us to enjoy the peace, rest, and liberty that only being yoked to Him provides. By allowing Him sovereign control over our lives, we become part of a new nation, a holy people set apart for His purposes.
When we do, we experience true freedom, the kind that comes by allowing the Holy Spirit to govern our lives (2 Corinthians 3:17).
If you’re hungry for more freedom today, take a listen to No Longer A Slave by Bethel Music.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for setting me free by the blood of Your Son. Help me every day to commit my life to Your service. Lead me by Your Holy Spirit to enjoy the true freedom only found in Christ. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, I pray. Amen.
“Live as people who are free,
not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil;
but living as servants to God”
1 Peter 2:16
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