Galatians 5:13 (ESV) “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
As I stood and looked into his eyes, I could see the tears welling up. It was late one night in the fire house when we began to talk. He was a rookie on my crew and he couldn't sleep those first few nights at the fire house, so we talked. The conversation turned to family and he shared how his father had been a US Marine and had lost his life defending freedom. Today's verse speaks about freedom and how we should live that freedom. My friend described how he wanted to serve like his father but didn't want to do it overseas. Rather, he wanted to do it at home on American soil. So he became a fireman to help others, to offer his own life for others like his dad had done. As we celebrate with family and friends this 4th of July, let us remember the freedom we enjoy comes with a cost. American freedom came at the sacrifice of American soldiers and patriots. Eternal freedom from sin require that Christ suffer and die for us. What we do with our freedoms should honor those who provided it for us!
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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