The Greatest Freedom

Freedom from sin

What does it mean to be free in Christ? Even more, what does it mean to enjoy that freedom? Some people see Christianity as having a bunch of rules to follow, or a list of “thou shall nots.” Christianity is so much more than that! Being a Christian is more than just going to church on Sunday mornings and more than having a list of rules to follow.  Christianity is having a real, growing and thriving relationship with Jesus Christ. Christianity is not about being a slave to God; being a Christian means being set free from the heartache of sin, which the following song describes beautifully.

A New Creature
I. O. Sanderson

Buried with Christ, my blessed Redeemer,
Dead to the old life of folly and sin;
Satan may call, the world may entreat me,
There is no voice that answers within.

Dead to the world, to voices that call me,
Living anew, obedient but free;
Dead to the joys that once did enthrall me –
Yet ’tis not I, Christ liveth in me.

Dead unto sin, live thru the spirit,
Risen with Him from the gloom of the grave,
All things are new, and I am rejoicing,
In His great love, His power to save. (chorus)

Sin hath no more its cruel dominion,
Walking “in newness of life,” I am free –
Glorious life of Christ, My Redeemer,
which He so richly shareth with me. (chorus)

It’s so wonderful to not have to worry about bad things that happen as a natural consequence of sin. Living for Christ means having joy because of the freedom He provides from sin, and the consequences that go along with living in sin, as the Bible tells us in Galatians 5:1: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” We will still struggle in different areas, but as Christians we have the privilege of going to God in prayer with all of our struggles and cares. We can take any worries, big or small, straight to the King of Kings.

Freedom as a Nation

One freedom we have, which more easily allows us to enjoy this freedom in Christ, is the freedom of religion. Some countries are not free, and are not allowed to worship freely. Some people have to meet secretly in houses to worship God, and they risk their lives in doing so. We are all so blessed that we had men who desired to form a country based on this freedom. We can go to a church building with other Christians, or we can worship on the beach or in our front yard if we want to. We could even sing worship songs during the Fourth of July fireworks without worrying about having our Bibles taken away or being thrown into jail. As we celebrate our freedom as a nation this Fourth of July, we can all take great joy in expressing and living our ultimate freedom, the freedom only Christ can give. When we know, believe, and live to serve Christ, that’s the greatest freedom of all.

By Davonne Parks

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