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Meditation: Our Liberty: What if it Were A Gift?
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“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.”

You probably recognize these famous words from the Declaration of Independence. These powerful words are often quoted to help us remember the great freedoms we enjoy in the United States, but I wonder what would happen if we thought about them a little differently.

What if we treated our liberty as a gift rather than a right? If we understood our freedom to be a gift purchased at an extremely high price and given to us freely, would we treat it differently? Would we treasure it and appreciate it more if we thought of our liberty as a gift from those who fought for it and died for it? Would we treat the flag and the National Anthem with more honor if we remembered all of the men and women who died for our freedom? Would we use our liberty to help others rather than serve ourselves? Would we use our freedom to help this world be a better place for future generations instead of seeking our own present pleasures?

What if we understood that our liberty is also a gift from God? He shed His blood on the cross to purchase freedom for all who will receive Him. Through the death of Jesus, Christians are set free from the penalty we deserve for our sin. The death of Jesus sets us free from slavery of trying to earn our salvation through good works. The death of Jesus as a substitute for our sin also sets us free from fear of death because those who are dead in Christ are present with the Lord (Philippians 1:21-23). All who are set free by Jesus are truly free (John 8:36).

Perhaps if we valued liberty as a precious gift given by a loving God, we would also pursue the full and forever happiness which is only found in Jesus (Psalm 16:11).

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