SERMONETTE: Freedom in Christ
How often do you take time to appreciate our freedom? I find myself thinking about it often. We have been given this incredible gift, first of all from God, and our men and women have fought to preserve it since the birth of our nation.
Have you ever met someone who has come from a place where there is no freedom? Or have you visited with a person who has had to fight to preserve freedom? Those people help me realize just how important this is to us. As human beings, we all have the innate desire to be free, and I am convinced that this comes from our God. That is why He does not force Himself on anyone. He wants people to follow Him out of their own will -- not out of obligation, but out of love.
Romans 8:2 says, "For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death." This is where we see the best part about freedom. Freedom in Christ means we have been set free from the law of sin and death. There is no longer any condemnation for those that are in Christ. There is no sentence for the crime we have committed. Death has been defeated. This is only available to us because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. The perfect sacrifice of His life on the cross for our sins is what allows us to experience freedom from sin and death. How do we receive this? By asking for forgiveness for our sins and by believing in Jesus as your Savior and Lord. And then choose to follow Him for the rest of your life. I am convinced that there is no better decision that you could ever make, and it is the best way to live life on this Earth.