Celebrating Freedom on Independence Day

by Lee Buford on July 4, 2012

On this day, the day we call “Independence Day,” there is much to celebrate and be joyous about. There is also a great opportunity to waste the day if we’re not careful.

Most of America is celebrating in some fashion or another. A day at the beach or on the lake, gathering with friends and family, eating much too much…such is the typical holiday tradition. Yet, while festivity will be norm, many will spend time alone or with friends and loved ones, confronted with the reality and pain of loved ones lost for the very reason we celebrate.

In all of this, however, the purpose is much larger than a single day, event, or celebration.

All things point to God’s glory. All of them. In one way or another. This day, and all that’s associated with it, is no different. Whatever you do today, don’t miss that point!

Today is a day for praising God and giving Him the glory for freedom. Yes, we celebrate our freedom as a nation, but we must treasure the real benefits of this freedom. The ability to worship and pursue all that is good and profitable are gifts from God, examples of his grace and mercy upon an underserving, sinful people. With such freedom comes the responsibility to steward well the gifts we’ve been given.

And, most importantly, this day rightly points us to the gospel and to the ultimate freedom we have in Christ Jesus.

So celebrate well today. Enjoy the time with friends, family, and loved ones. This indeed a great day to remember the freedoms we enjoy and the men and women who serve, have served, and have given their lives for our ability to do so.

But don’t miss the point altogether. Don’t miss the message that all freedoms are gifts of God. Don’t miss the opportunity to praise Him for all we have been blessed to enjoy. And give Him the deserved glory for the blessings that such a day so rightly points us to see.

Celebrate well today. To Him be the glory.

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