Today is a special day in the United States of America, the birthday of our nation and the day we focus on the liberty and freedom God has blessed us with as a nation. But there is an even more essential freedom than political freedom.
As I was reading today in Breaking Free, by Beth Moore, I was reminded that the key to true freedom is knowing Jesus Christ personally. As Beth says, “Christ is the only entrance to the freedom trail.”
John 8: 36 expresses the truth so clearly: “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
One of the most beautiful elements of salvation is its simplicity. Christ has already done all the work on the cross. Your response includes four elements:
- Recognize that you are a sinner and that there is nothing you can do to save yourself.
- Acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and only He can save you.
- Believe that His death on the Cross paid the penalty for your sin, that He died on your behalf
- Surrender your life to Him and ask Him to be your Savior and Lord.
If you do not know Christ personally, there is no better time to make that decision than today. If you already know Christ, is your relationship distant, close and personal, or somewhere in the middle? Knowing Christ begins with an initial decision, but growing in our knowledge of Him is an on-going process. My prayer for this day our nation turns it’s focus on freedom is that each of you will experience the freedom that comes from personally knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and growing daily in your knowledge of Him.