For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 It is the Fourth of July, our American Independence Day. It is a day we celebrate our freedom. We honor those who have given their lives for us to be free, and celebrate the citizenship in our amazing country.
I have some really good news: we're free. But you know what? Our freedom is two-fold. Yes we live in the most free nation in the history of the world, but we have a far greater freedom in Christ: the freedom from sin.
For freedom Christ has set us free. Has this verse every puzzled you? Does it seem redundant? Another way you could say it is, God values freedom so much that He came to set us free. This is our great joy, and our great witness, that through Christ we are no longer subject to the yoke of slavery to sin and the law.
If you are acquainted with BridgeBuilders, you know that we believe that poverty is the result of four fractured relationships: with God, self, others, and creation, which were broken when sin entered the world (Genesis 3). The good news we are working to share with those in poverty is that there is freedom, not just from the material symptoms of poverty, but from the broken relationships caused by sin.
God cares so much about this freedom that He sent His Son, and this is why we do what we do: that those living in poverty would experience the freedom from sin that is available to every one of us through Jesus. So go tell someone about your freedom today, it is a wonderful day to be free!