The Price and Privilege of Freedom

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.(Galatians 5:1)

The Declaration of Independence was approved July 4, 1776. While we think of Independence Day as a time for celebration and fun, that first July 4th was a solemn and life changing event.

The signers knew that they were taking a huge risk for the sake of their convictions.

John Hancock, the first to sign, said: “The price on my head has just doubled.” 

Benjamin Franklin signed saying “We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.” 

Of the 56 signers: 17 lost their fortunes, 12 had their homes destroyed, 9 fought and died, 5 were arrested as traitors, and 2 lost sons in the War.

As Samuel Adams signed, he said: “We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”

Just as signing that piece of parchment in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall was a defining moment for those men, following Christ is a life-changing and earth-shattering event for the true believer.

Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62)

The old song said, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.”

Following Him means laying down your will, your desires, your future, and even your life for His sake. Only by coming to Jesus on terms of complete surrender can we have true freedom and liberty in our souls.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!