We celebrate a weekend in July that commemorates the freedom we enjoy in our country.  Many lives were and are involved in the struggle to procure and maintain that freedom.  We could all cite the freedoms that are most important to us and yet  –  are we truly free?

The declaration of independence was signed for the purpose of declaring independence from Great Britain.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  This declaration of an endowment by the Creator of certain unalienable Rights has been the mantra of those seeking to create a world that satisfies their own desires and brings them to happiness.  The freedom to choose how our lives are lived and to pursue whatever means necessary to bring to pass our envisioned destiny is often what we treasure.

The freedom that is exalted in our nation has no eternal value and does not compare with the freedom in Christ that actually brings us into blessed servanthood.  Paul said in Romans that “being made free from sin, you are made servants of righteousness.”  And yet, Jesus said, “If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” 

Truly, we are yielded to slavery each day and every moment of our lives – either to the desires of the flesh or to the voice of the Spirit of God.  We were all born into slavery, no matter our earthly citizenship, and we will live in bondage to sin and death if we do not recognize that we have been bought with a price.  The freedom to choose our own lifestyle does not negate the fact that “to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servant you are.” 

Here is the paradox:  In choosing to surrender my will to the will of the Father and allow the life of Christ to be the life I live, I am thrust into the blessed freedom to live a life of His intentions.  I am not bound by the demands of my own selfish desires, lust, or sin.  I am not shackled by the deceptive requirements of religion to prove what was already accomplished on the Cross.  The only way to experience true freedom is to be enslaved to the One who saved us from all the choices we would attempt in order to create a life that we cannot live. 

Walking in the freedom of being a servant of God puts me in great company.  Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ; Moses, a servant of God; Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ; Simon Peter, a servant of Jesus Christ; James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ; just to name a few.

We are not truly free until we are submitted to the heart of God and His desire to live in and through us every moment of our lives.  There is no declaration of independence from Christ’s work in our lives – we are born to serve.  Our acts of apparent independence are only reminders that we are trying to accomplish in our own strength what God has already completed at Calvary.  To be truly free is to be eternally aware that I am bound by the cords of a love that will not let me escape the freedom that is found in Christ alone.

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