I had a very indulgent and relaxing weekend this past weekend. On our way home from visiting my husband’s family, I thought about what today truly means and the cost of freedom for this country.
Today we honor many men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. It reminds me in 1 Corinthians:
“You are not your own; you were bought at a price.”
So what did it cost for our freedom? I can’t help notice the parallels between the story of Jesus and the story of America’s freedom.
BLOOD WAS SHED.
Jesus’ blood was shed so we can be forgiven of our sins, not that we are free, because we are not our own, but rather we are able to serve the right master, to be free from bondage that hinders our relationship with our creator.
The blood of men and women was shed in pursuit of our freedom for our country.
As Christians, how do we respond daily to the man who sacrificed his life for our “freedom”?
I’ll admit it, I can easily take it for granted, the fact that my sins are forgiven and I am free to have a beautiful relationship with my heavenly father.
Or the rights and privileges I have as an American citizen.
What would it look like to be as thankful for our freedom each day as we are today?
How can we show appreciation for the blood shed so we can experience freedom?
We aren’t free to serve ourselves, instead we are free to serve Him.
If the blood has already been shed to break the chains that bind me to my sins, then what is there is left to do?
Serve a new master, Revere the Lord.
I am not a slave to my impulses, or emotions (as I talk about in this post) but instead I belong to my Father, my freedom found in Him allows me to freely give of myself for others.
Just as men and women have served our country to ensure our freedom, I will serve the Kingdom of God.
I sacrifice myself to live for the only thing that matters.
Who else is ready to sacrifice your comfort and convenience for the sake of other’s spiritual well-being?
Let’s join together in a movement of believers and doers that sacrifice our selfish desires for the greater good the salvation of ourselves and others.
The rest of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:
“ Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”