John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
I LOVE counting my blessings and the more grateful I am…the happier I am! I am just plain blessed! I am so grateful to God for allowing me to live in the United States of America! I have such precious freedoms living here. I am free to come and go as I please. I am free to hold whatever job I am willing to qualify myself for. I am free to worship God as He commands me from His Word. It is a precious thing to be living in a country that is filled with such freedoms. Except for a brief tour of duty in Germany, I have lived here all my life. I have never, not known freedom. Not everyone in our world can say that! That is a wonderful thing and it is a terrible thing as well. It is so easy for me to take that freedom for granted. If I am not careful I will forget to praise God for this tremendous gift and to pray for His protection of the freedoms I enjoy! I have to really purpose to keep in mind the high price that was paid by my forefathers, who secured those dear freedoms for me.
As incredible as the freedom that I have enjoyed all my life is, there is another freedom that I hold most dearly. It is a freedom that was purchased at an even greater price. It is a freedom that can never be taken away. It is the liberty I have in Christ. It is a deeper freedom than any I had ever experienced before. It isn’t a freedom to DO something but rather a freedom FROM something! I am free from the bondage of sin! The Bible describes a life before salvation as being a slave. When Christ died on the cross He paid for my redemption from the slave market of sin! I am now free indeed! It is important for me to remember to praise and thank God for my country’s freedom. It is so much more imperative that I guard my heart in regards to the freedom I have in Christ. Just the privilege of having His Word in my language and being able to read it every day is a remarkable blessing! Add to that, the blessing of having a church where I can hear it faithfully preached and defended is an freedom I must not take for granted. With all these freedoms surrounding me, the most vital question I must ask myself is, “Am I appreciative of these precious gifts or am I squandering them by living for myself?”
Liberty is not something we should take lightly nor take for granted.