So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. -John 8:36 (NIV)

Here in the United States, July 4 is the national celebration of independence from British rule as the States adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

The day before, John Adams wrote this to his wife Abigail:

It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

As believers worldwide, we make every day Independence Day in devotion to God Almighty, for His Son’s deliverance of the world from sin and death is the ultimate freedom. Through His amazing grace, we once were blind, but now we see! And now that we see, we cannot do anything less than live free and in truth.

As is known worldwide, the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence speaks to the rights given us by God:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The only lasting happiness stems from joy in pursuit of the Lord, and to walk the walk He’s laid out for us.

No matter where you live in this world, know that you are free, because of God’s love for us, and His sacrifice made for us. Let us celebrate our independence today and every day from the shackles of sin, and exercise this freedom daily by continuing to do our part in the Great Commission.