The Fourth of July is a national holiday in the United States of America, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom).
It has been over 200 years since America has enjoyed this freedom, but imagine for a moment, as to what the state of affairs would be if all Americans choose to allow themselves to be subjects once again to the former rulers. Seems utterly absurd, improbable and impossible, isn’t it? Yet, in our Spiritual lives, we don’t quite find this to be quiet as absurd, improbable or impossible. On the contrary, many who have experienced the freedom that comes by believing in Jesus Christ, have been entangled again by the yoke of slavery to the flesh, which is in conflict with the Spirit of God. Apostle Paul highlights this backsliding in his letter to the churches in Galatia (Galatians 5:1,13).
The word of God assures us of the freedom (liberty) we have in Christ Jesus, while alerting us to not let that freedom make us want to indulge the flesh any longer, and advising us to love serve one another.
Points to ponder:
All who believe in Jesus Christ are free, for the Bible teaches us that “the person whom the Son of God makes free, is free indeed (John 8:36).” But after freedom, what? Let us not revert to the yoke of slavery (of gratifying the desires of the flesh), but let us love and serve one another. After freedom, love and serve one another!
Galatians 5:1, 13 (KJV)
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
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.