Freedom: A Call To Worship
Today is the celebration of the birth of our nation. We call it independence day. We freed ourselves from the tyranny and oppression of another. FREEDOM. Let freedom ring from California to Michigan and New York. We are citizens of a free nation under God.
However, such freedom was not free. It came at a price. We are beneficiaries of ancestors who sweat, bled, and died to make this a just and free society for all people.
Today, we come to worship a God who has given us greater freedom and better citizenship at a costlier price. The only sufficient payment, God paid for with his Son’s blood. This payment freed us from the oppression of sin.
The Bible says,
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1–4)
Do you believe that? If you believe, then you are free. The Holy Spirit has made you alive in Christ and dead to sin. Sin no longer has control over you or your destiny. The King of Kings does.
Let us come to worship our great and good God, who loved us enough to pay the ultimate price for our souls.
God, we love you. Thank you for this great nation. Thank you to those who fought to give us the freedoms we enjoy today. Thank you for the prosperity and blessings we too often take for granted. Thank you for our citizenship here, but more importantly, in heaven. We could never pay you back or earn it. Thank you for dying in our place and paying that price. We need you. We love you. Help us now sing to you unhindered, focus our minds on hearing you speak, and help us know what you would have us do. We dedicate this time to you. AMEN.