GlenGlenn Ward, Director of Missions
                                                   FREEDOM REALLY ISN’T FREE
            Perhaps you’ve seen the bumper sticker, or t-shirt logo, or some other signage that says: “The Land of the Free, because of the Brave.” Or even such images that just say, “Freedom isn’t free.”  Such reminders are more focused on the fact that the freedoms we enjoy here in America are the result of the sacrifices of brave men and women who have served faithfully in order to either provide or preserve these freedoms with which we are blessed!  As we celebrate our independence July 4, surely we need to remember with grateful hearts those who have given sacrificially so that we can celebrate!
            However, those of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ can also be thankful that whether we live in a free society such as the United States of America, or in a country where there are no religious freedoms, a person can be spiritually free because Jesus Christ sacrificed His own life on Calvary’s Cross so that we might be forgiven and set free.  As He said in John 8:36, “…if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  The apostle Paul spoke of this freedom in his letter to the Galatians: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free….You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; serve one another in love” (5:1, 13).  He goes on in that chapter to explains what a life that is free in Christ looks like when he describes the fruit of the Spirit (“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” [vv. 22-23]).
            In other words, freedom in Christ is best seen through demonstrating His character traits—the fruit of the Spirit—as we “serve one another in love” (v. 13). 
            It is true that freedom really isn’t free—whether speaking of national freedom, or spiritual freedom—both are costly!  Aren’t we thankful that we can enjoy the blessings of being free because of the sacrifice of others?  Will we show our appreciation by living responsibly and faithfully following Jesus Christ who truly sets us free?
            May the Lord bless you as you walk in the Spirit, letting Christ set you free indeed!
I’m so glad to be your DOM,
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