We can’t forget the extreme sacrifice and bravery our forefathers displayed for us in laying down their lives so that we–the United States of America–could be free from Great Britain and stand alone as our own nation. They gave us independence; they gave us freedom; they gave us liberty. At the greatest cost. Their own lives. Yet that freedom was freedom in a beautiful way. A freedom to live God-fearing lives, honoring our government, obeying the laws of the land, and creating a country we could be proud of. That freedom has restrictions.
In the same way, I’ve been reflecting on our freedom in Christ. Yes, Christ set us free, but it’s not free to live however we want. Galatians 5:13: “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
No, it’s the most amazing, beautiful freedom. It’s to be a bondservant in Christ. Mark 8:33: “… Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
That, my friends, is true liberty.
PS: This is a powerful quote from CH Spurgeon: “We must know that our time is short, and that our life will soon come to an end, and yet we fail to know it practically, for we are not as earnest as dying men ought to be. In this the arch-enemy is not as foolish as we are, for he so well knows that his time is short that he remembers the fact and is motivated by it.“
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”