Today in the United States of America we speak of freedom and indepence. Two hundred thirty seven years ago, our forefathers declared their indepence from a tyrannical king who ruled over them with cruelty and persecution. We owe what we have today to those brave men and women who were willing to risk their very lives to tell the king of England that he could not and would not rule over them any longer.
But today is special for me in a different way. Yes, I enjoy the freedoms of being an American just like anyone else, but today I celebrate my Dependence Day. Twelve years ago today I told a King that I couldn’t live independently of Him anymore. I laid down my life at His feet and asked Him to rule over me. My life has forever been changed since that day that I submitted myself before King Jesus and gave up on my quest for freedom apart from Him. Only since then have I really known what freedom truly is.
Freedom isn’t what we often think it is. We run around trying to fill our lives up with pleasure, treasure, and some sort of joy, but even when we find it, it fades quickly. True freedom is only found in Jesus.
The Truth Will Set You Free (John 8:31-38)
31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”33They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, “You will become free”?”
34Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”