Celebrating Dependence on Independence Day

Independence Day! The day Americans celebrate declaring independence from Great Britain by eating beef byproducts, blowing stuff up and getting stuck for hours in post-festivity traffic.

Independence has significant spiritual implications for followers of Jesus.

The most basic definition of independence is to be free from the control of someone or something else. Galatians 5:1 speaks to this when it says, “For freedom Christ has set us free…” Through his death and resurrection, Christ has given us independence from our sin- we are no longer under its control. But that’s only half of the story for those who have been set free.

Our being declared independent from sin simultaneously makes us dependent on something new.

Romans 6:18 says, “having been set free from sin, we  have become slaves of righteousness.” Christ has given us independence from sin, but at the same time, he has made us dependent on righteousness. Christ comes into our lives and turns our hearts away from sin, but he also turns us toward’s His righteousness.

This is cause for great celebration! Yes, we do not have to give in to sin because it no longer controls us. We are free from its destructive power. But, we are also free to do what is right. We have everything we need to live a new life, a different life capable of pleasing God.

So let’s celebrate independence. Independence for our country, but more importantly, independence from our sin. But let’s not stop there. Let’s also celebrate our dependence. Let’s celebrate the amazing truth that Christ has made it possible for us to live for him!

Are you grateful for your independence from sin? Are you just as grateful for your dependence on righteousness?