It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal. 5:1
Lord Jesus, it’s July 4th, 2020; and as unwell as America currently is, we remain grateful for the privileges we still enjoy as citizens. But the benefits of any national citizenship, are superseded a gazillion times over, by the joys and freedoms of being citizens of heaven (Phil 3:20).
“Heavenly” citizenship is our most defining identity—our consummate “passport,” lasting City, and eternal liberty. Thank you for making us members of the “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Pet. 2:9). Free us from the idolatries of nationalism, tribalism, racism, and other “ism’s” that contradict the Gospel and its glorious claims.
So just how free have you made us, Jesus (John 8:36)? You took our guilt, and gave us your righteousness. We’re eternally free from the demands of the Law and all condemnation for our sin (Rom. 8:1). Hallelujah, big time!
Death has become gain, and you are our life (Phil. 1:21). Because we’re fully known and totally loved by you, mere people don’t have the same power to “make us” or “break us.” Our jobs and money, vanity and pressure to be “awesome” aren’t as stress-producing and sleep-robbing.
Our fragile fiefdoms of reputation-building and personal glory, are being toppled by grace-bombs from your Kingdom. By the truth and power of the Gospel, free us even more, Jesus, much more. For surely, none of us are as free, joyful, and loving as you intend. So very Amen we pray, in your liberating and loving name.