On this Independence Day, you don't have to be a founding father to understand that true freedom is experienced in submission to a higher authority.
Recently, as my son and I were negotiating the newfound freedom that his driver's license gave him, we both realized simultaneously that his rights would come with some restrictions.
It wasn't just the Department of Transportation that set those stipulations. As a father, I wanted him to understand there were other limitations I established to ensure his safety. He could have looked at these rules as tyrannical rather than simply a declaration of love.
Today, a declaration of independence is enjoyed not just by Americans, but by all those around the world who hold to a higher authority than government systems. We celebrate the emancipation of our souls through the blood of Jesus!
So if we acknowledge our freedom, we must also acknowledge the dependence to which that freedom points.
We are accountable not just to an earthly system of government. Our ultimate dependence is in Jesus, "For in him, the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily" (Colossians 2:9, English Standard Version) and in Him we have abundant life (John 10:10), and apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).
Let's celebrate this dependence! All earthly systems pale in comparison to the system of justice and peace that works for our good in God’s kingdom. As part of Christ's body, we get to declare this true freedom and dependence all over the world.
What are ways that you depend on Jesus and celebrate freedom in Him?