On this national holiday, I’m reflecting more on the meaning of freedom. With political unrest around the world, ISIS attacks on Christians, and increased attention on the evil in the world, it would be easy to become worried and anxious. On the contrary, Scripture declares, “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36 NASB).
The question is, do we believe it? And if so, do we act like we believe it?
In God’s economy the way up is down, always. If we want to fully live, we must be willing to die. Die to our own thoughts and desires, and if necessary, die for our beliefs.
“Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it” (Luke 17:33).
The brave men and women who have fought to preserve our country’s freedom willingly placed their lives on the line so that we could live. Now more than ever, I’m so grateful for their sacrifice. They have selflessly served me, my family, and my country to ensure our freedom.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Freedom means:
- The quality or state of being free: as
- The absence of necessity, coercion, or constrain in choice or action
- Liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another: independence
- The quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous
- A political right
While Service means:
- the occupation or function of serving
- employment as a servant
- the work performed by the one that serves
- help, use, benefit
- contribution to the welfare of others
While our daily routines have kept the status quo, our military’s service comes at a great cost to themselves and their families. Today as I thankfully reflect on the selfless sacrifice of our country’s military personnel, I hold even greater gratitude in my heart for the selfless sacrifice of my Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross to ensure my freedom.
Just like our servicemen’s service comes at a price, so too does Jesus’s service, sacrifice, and offer of freedom come at a price:
–His service cost Jesus His reputation with man – the very men and women He came to save laughed and scoffed at Him.
“The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him” (Luke 22:63 NIV.)
–His service cost Jesus His own life on a cross – He was not treated as the king and Lord He was, but as a criminal who was murdered.
“Now when morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus to put Him to death” (Matthew 27:1 NASB).
–His sacrifice cost God the right to hold my wrongs against me. Because of Jesus’s sacrifice for me, my wrongs have been cancelled and forgotten, never to be held against me again.
“Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins” (Romans 3:24 NLT).
–His sacrifice costs me the ability to do my own thing. In gratitude, I owe Him my obedience to His word.
“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:16 ESV).
–His sacrifice costs me the right to discriminate. He loved me enough to sacrifice His life for mine, so too must I love myself and love others.
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Galatians 5:13-14 NIV).
–His sacrifice costs me the freedom of succumbing to my own thoughts, habits, and desires. Because He set me free, I must respond by not only believing what He has said, but living as if I believe it.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1 KJV).
–His sacrifice costs me the freedom of keeping this information to myself. It is now my responsibility to share it with others so that they can also live in the freedom Christ provided.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free” (Luke 4:18 NLT).
Just as our military personnel sacrifice for our country’s freedom, and Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, we too must consider what price we are willing to pay for others to experience the same freedoms we enjoy.
What price are you willing to pay for freedom?
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Such good reminders! Thank you!
I’m so glad you stopped by. I’d love to see you here again sometime! Hope Prevails!
Amazing post, Michelle! Thank you for sharing this! Infinite blessings to you, Love! 🙂
Thank you Tai! So glad to see you here. Hope you had a blessed holiday!
Great post, thanks for the reminders! Visiting from #LifeGivingLinkup
Thank you Dana. It was certainly a perspective I hadn’t thought of before. Hope you enjoyed your holiday! I’d love for you to stop by again sometime.
I spent some time yesterday pondering Romans 8:1 — There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For me, this is a declaration of freedom, and I’m so thankful for all the truth you packed into this Memorial Day post!
Isn’t it a wonderful comfort to realize that no matter our faults and mistakes, there is no condemnation, Michele? I’m so grateful for Jesus’s sacrifice to give me freedom! Because of Him, Hope Prevails!
It’s a beautiful comparison–the sacrifice of our troops to the sacrifice of our Savior. I hope that this moves people to understand what a great gift our military is as well as what a great gift our Savior offers us in salvation. I’ve not visited your blog before, Michelle, but am glad you joined the linkup! I hope you’ll keep coming back! I’m honored to be associated with you and your message. 🙂
Thank you for your sweet encouragement, and for you wonderful linkup. I hope you’ll visit again. Everything we have, we owe to our Savior. It truly is Because of Him that Hope Prevails!
What a wonderful reminder that Jesus gave His all so that we could be free. I’m so thankful that He died on the cost to pay a price I could never ever repay. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Woman to Woman Link Up.
I’m so glad you stopped by. It is truly His sacrifice that gives us everything we need. Because of Him, Hope Prevails!
Thanks for sharing this at #ThreeWordWednesday.
My honor and privilege Kristin! Blessings!
Wow! What an incredible post, Dr. Michelle! Freedom is such a precious gift… Thank you for joining Roses of Inspiration. Blessings to you!
Thanks for your encouraging and kind words Stephanie. Freedom is something we should never take for granted, and Our Savior has offered greater freedom than the world could ever offer–though as my post points out, it comes at a cost, a great cost to Him and to us. Because of Him, Hope Prevails!
Thanks for sharing on SHINE Blog Hop!
So glad you stopped by! Blessings.
I love the beautiful way you described freedom. It is all because of Jesus that we are free indeed. Each of our freedoms returns us to the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the cross. Blessed you shared this at The Weekend Brew.
Thank you Mary. It was an insight the Lord gave me, and it certainly did change how I looked at what it means and what it costs to be free. I’m so glad you stopped by! Because of Him, Hope Prevails!
Thank you for the reminder, Michelle. I’ve never made the connection between Jesus’ sacrifice and our military’s sacrifice (though I’m grateful for both)!
It was a fresh revelation for me as well. Just like you, I am grateful both for Jesus’s sacrifice, and our military’s sacrifice. It cost them both dearly, and I am so very thankful. Blessings!!
Beautiful sacrifice, beautiful post! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again on Friday! Feel free to bring a friend 🙂
Thanks Kristen. I hope we never take the cost of our freedom for granted. Blessings.
Thanks for linking up with #JoyHopeLive Hope to see you again tomorrow! Your posts are always such wonderful additions
Thanks for your encouraging words, Hope! Blessings!