The flag reminds me that this month we will celebrate a very important holiday. We celebrate July 4th, also known as Independence Day. Do you know what independence means? It means freedom. In our country we enjoy a lot of freedom. We are free to come to church and worship. We are free to choose what we want to be when we grow up. We are free to choose where we want to live, and we are free to choose most of the things that affect our daily lives. Now, this might come as a surprise to some of you, but did you know that freedom isn't free? That's right, someone had to pay the price for us to have the freedom that we enjoy. There are men and women who have helped to pay that price. Some have served in the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force. Many of them have fought in wars and some may have been wounded. There are probably some people who had loved ones who paid the ultimate price for freedom. They gave their lives fighting for our freedom. Yes, we have a lot of freedom, but the greatest freedom that we have is the freedom that we have in Christ Jesus. The Bible teaches that the penalty for sin is death, but you and I have been set free from this penalty. We have been set free because Jesus paid the penalty. The Bible tells us that Jesus died to set us free from the penalty of sin. Instead of death, we have been given eternal life. This freedom wasn't free, Jesus paid the price. This month as we celebrate Independence Day, let us remember to stop and thank God for those who have paid the price for our freedom. But even more important, let us remember to thank God for Jesus, who has set us free from the penalty for sin, because he was willing to pay the price.
Be Bold in Christ,