Freedom, the fundamental principle upon which the American nation was founded, is a precious commodity for which many people throughout the world have paid the ultimate price. The Fourth of July commemorates the day when a group of bold, determined patriots declared their determination to enjoy the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, declaring freedom is only sustainable if we defend that freedom.
With freedom being a fundamental human desire, we all crave to be free from oppression, limitations, and restrictions. It is the very essence of our being and what makes us unique as individuals. As Christians, we operate in the complete freedom of Christ. We are free from the bondage of sin, and we have been given a new life in Him.
Nevertheless, freedom is not a license to do whatever we want, whenever we want, regardless of the consequences. Freedom comes with a responsibility that we cannot afford to ignore. Eleanor Roosevelt, the iconic American First Lady, once asserted that “With freedom comes responsibility.” This means that our individual choices, no matter how small or trivial they may seem, have an impact on the life of those around us.
Therefore, as disciples of Christ, we must strive to steward our freedom well. It is a call to live a life of righteousness, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to advance His kingdom here on earth. It is a call to be His representatives and to bring hope and healing to a hurting world. But how do we steward this freedom well and what is this freedom demanding of us? What does it mean to steward this freedom in the culture of America while showing Christ?
One of the chief responsibilities that comes with freedom is the responsibility to mature and grow. This involves taking responsibility for our mistakes, learning from them, and making amends where necessary. This means tending to the gardens of our hearts and making sure our souls are being tended to by the giver of life. Moreover, freedom asks that we contribute positively to the communities we are part of. This requires that we step out of our comfort zones and engage with others in meaningful ways. We must be willing to listen, empathize and offer help where possible. Our freedom demands that we use our talents, gifts, and resources in a way that serves humanity and brings glory to God.
It has grown increasingly popular to not celebrate our freedoms in light of our country’s shortcomings. It is a disgrace and a disservice to not celebrate and honor the gift we have. Instead of overlooking freedom in order to focus on our shortcomings, use this freedom to invest in others and contribute something good and beautiful to this great nation.
Multipliers, how is the Lord calling you to steward the freedom you have been given?