On November 11, Americans celebrate Veterans Day honoring military veterans. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, as it is the day in which the Armistice that ended World War I was signed.
While driving by, I saw a billboard outside a church, which read “Freedom did not come by free, so say thank you to a veteran.” As I pondered on that thought, I realized that the same is true with our Spiritual conditional as well. Freedom (from the power of the devil and from death) did not come by free. It cost the Almighty God of the universe, His Only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. It cost Jesus, His life so that we may be made alive. It cost God to forsake His very own so that He may accept us and free us from the bondage of sin and its penalty, which is death. Freedom did not come by free!
The Bible says, as the grace of God, which frees us, reaches more and more people, there will be more thanksgiving and God will receive more and more glory (2 Corinthians 4:15). This means that, we who have come under the grace of God, must be thankful, for by our thankfulness, God attains more glory. Freedom for us from hell did not come by free, so we need to say thank you to THE VETERAN – Jesus Christ.
Point(s) to ponder:
When was the last time you/I were/was thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ? What were/was you/I thankful for?
2 Corinthians 4:15 (NLT)
15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.