True Freedom

“American freedom is a wonderful thing, but freedom in Christ is the greatest thing!”

I loved this message when I read it on the billboard of a small country church here in Oklahoma. It’s a great reminder that we as Americans have much to be thankful for—
including our freedom, ideals, and the many provisions we’ve been afforded. The message also points to the biblical truth that the benefits of our earthly kingdom are slight and temporary when compared to those of our heavenly Kingdom.

As the Apostle Paul wrote: But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body (Philippians 3:20-21).

As the Church—the called-out ones who follow Jesus—we must always remember that this world is not our home. This is always a hopeful reminder for us, yet even more so when we look at the state of our culture and feel discouraged. The Bible teaches us consistently that we have a two-fold responsibility in dark and difficult times on earth: to keep our eyes focused on Christ and His Kingdom as we follow Him closely, and to be a light in the darkness around us. No matter what others say or do around us, we always have opportunities to demonstrate godly character, the fruit of the Spirit, and to point others to the hope we have in Christ.

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, it is right and good that we give thanks and pray for the blessed nation in which we live. We must also remember that with great blessing comes great responsibility—to glorify God and point others to the true freedom that comes only through Jesus Christ. May it be so for each of us as believers, as citizens in this great nation, and as a very blessed church here at South Tulsa!




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