Today we celebrate the birth of the United States, the Declaration of Independence from Mother England was made 240 years ago today. We live in an unusual day of history; that same Mother England less than a month ago declared its independence from the European Union, carnal man continues his assault on the commands of God attempting to be freed from them, and everyday people have been emancipated by technology from human relationships. Today a large percentage of digital natives are more comfortable interacting with machines than with people. Sitting at the dinner table, they text each other in silence, memes carrying more expression than their faces. Drowning in information, we are starving for knowledge.
In this context, I pose the question, “Did God make you to be free or independent?” The concept of independence is faulty, because it is contrary to scripture. No man lives to himself and no man dies to himself (Romans 14:7). No man is an island. Nobody is independent of others and certainly not of God. Countries today are learning the interdependence that has always existed among the tribes of the earth. Our interdependence on others and are dependence on God are immutable facts of human life.
Freedom is a God idea. God created us with a free will. Please allow a short digression to address the concept of evil. If there was no bad choice, and only good choices were available to us, then there would be no choice at all. A prerequisite to freedom is the possibility of contrasting choices. Returning to freedom, God desired a creation that could make the choice to worship. He will always have praise, because if we hold our peace the rocks will cry out in praise (Luke 19:40). For the Creator to experience worship, it required a creation with freedom to choose.
Freedom was His idea. And He is still in the liberation business. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed (John 8:36). He can set you free to live a life of worship. There is no chain, prison, or bondage; whether of your own creation or others; none of them can prevent the God who specializes in setting prisoners free.
He can free you today. Somethings that I know, have been freed from: their past, genetic curses, addiction, sickness, mental health conditions, small mindsets, jealousy, gossip, covetousness, carnal nature, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, fornication, fraud, theft, worldliness, adultery, and the list could be endless. No freedom is greater than the freedom to worship Jesus. God can free you from any economic, educational, or ethnic limitation or boundary imposed by man.
On this Independence Day choose Freedom. It’s better than independence. Be freed from the confines of the earthy and conformed to the Eternal. In Christ you will find the fullness of joy that true freedom brings.