The “In My Father’s Footsteps” devotions will return in September of 2019. Enjoy this devotion from the archives!
“I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And free man you are! What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?!”
A young, scared, man answers, “No, we will run … and live!”
“Yes! Fight and you may die. Run and you will live … at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!”Braveheart
My three favorite holidays are Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Fourth of July.
I love Thanksgiving because of the family being able to gather around the bounty of food from God’s blessings.
Christmas is a favorite because my family can gather to exchange gifts while celebrating the greatest gift of all, a Savior by the name of Jesus!
The Fourth of July is a favorite because it is in the middle of summer – so the weather is usually great. There are fireworks! And it is the most American of holidays!
On July 4, 1776, the people living on the Eastern seaboard of North America made it known that they wished to be free from a tyrannical government three thousand miles away.
243 years later, the great experiment that is the United States of America continues – some thinking that it has never been stronger!
But our freedom from King George III and Great Britain came at a great cost. A cost that would continue to be paid by patriots throughout the centuries.
That’s the way it is with freedom. It is never free. Freedom always has a cost.
Christ Has Set Us Free
But even though I am free, as a citizen of the United States, I still need to be liberated.
I need to be liberated, not from a tyrannical king or government, but from sin and death.
Every person is conceived and born a slave to sin.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm 51:5
196 years before the Declaration of Independence, this was said of us who are sinners:
“The person who is not regenerate resists God altogether and is entirely a [slave] of sin” (Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, II.89 in Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, copyright © 2005, 2006 by Concordia Publishing House, p 535. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of Concordia, call 800-325-3040).
We could do nothing to free ourselves from sin. But the love of God for us is so great and powerful that he sent Jesus Christ to free us from sin, as well as death and the power of the devil.
Let me say that again, because it is of utmost importance.
The love of God for us is so great and powerful that he sent Jesus Christ to free us from sin, as well as death and the power of the devil.
You are given this freedom through the Gospel. The Holy Spirit brings this freedom to you through the Means of Grace – which are the Word of God and the Sacraments (Baptism & Lord’s Supper).
The important question becomes: what will you do with this freedom?
What Will You Do With Your Freedom?
In the movie The Patriot (2000), this quote comes at the end of the film:
“Gabriel said if we won the war, we could build a whole new world. Just figured we’d get started right here with your home.”
Jesus won the war for our souls. Now, he gives us his Holy Spirit to respond to the salvation he’s given us.
Use your freedom to put God first and foremost in your life. Leave behind the baggage of slavery to sin. Truly live in God’s freedom!
Bring your family along with you. Putting God first in your life will give you the power to love your family and strengthen the bonds of freedom in your family.
Love your neighbors as a response to your freedom. Tell them about Jesus. Share with them how Jesus Christ has changed your life. Show them how they can also be freed from the slavery to sin.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the independence and freedom I have in the United States. Above all, I thank you for the freedom borne of the cross of Christ, a freedom to love you and love my neighbor as myself. May I use this freedom, faith, and courage to love my neighbor as myself. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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