Every year on July 4th, we Americans celebrate the birth of our country with the holiday, Independence Day. We call it “Independence Day” because that was the day, back in 1776, when delegates from our 13 original colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. From 1776 to today, the fourth of July has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to casual family gatherings and barbecues. It is the day we celebrate being free from the tyranny of the King of England. We are proud and thankful of this day, and well we should be.
For the follower of Christ, we too have a special day to celebrate. It’s the date of our second birth, the day we came to know Jesus personally and so were born again of the Spirit. Americans celebrate Independence Day, but for the Christian, we must celebrate a different kind of day, a day that is better referred to as “Dependence Day.”
Jesus teaches us this truth in the Gospel of John: “5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). What Jesus is telling us is this: we are completely, totally, dependent on Him. Without Him, we are nothing, and further more we can do nothing.
This summer as we head to our BBQ and fireworks festivities to celebrate the freedom we have as Americans, let’s also remember the reason we have freedom as Christians. Jesus died to set us free from sin and death and hell. It’s only in Him that we can live a life pleasing to God. Let’s declare and celebrate our own personal “Dependence Day.”
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