Happy 4th of July! On this day when we celebrate our freedom as a nation, let us also consider the freedom we have to choose this day whom we will serve!

Ephesians 5:15-16 says that we should make sure we ‘walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.’ The word ‘circumspectly’ means to pay careful attention to where you place each step. Why? Because each step takes us closer to or further from where we ought to be. In the case of the Christian, our steps should be leading us toward a greater commitment to serving the Lord and becoming Christ-like.

When it comes to serving the Lord, many Christians are afraid to invest themselves. Perhaps they’re afraid that being too committed to the Lord will cost them some things they don’t necessarily want to give up. While it is true that some things must go in order to grow, it’s also true that Jesus said (Matt 19:29) “everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold and inherit eternal life.” So, if serving the Lord causes you to have to let go of some things, God promises that your sacrifice will be more than worth it. Those who genuinely celebrate the 4th of July, understand how important sacrifice is for a nation. How much more should we, as Christians, understand what it means to sacrifice for something even ‘higher?’

It’s been said that 20% of the people in the church do 80% of the work. Let’s commit to being one of the workers – growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. God is not a cruel master who’s waiting to crush those who fail. Rather, He wants you to serve Him, because He is working on you. It’s not about what we can do for Him, it’s about what He is doing in us. And that’s why it’s in our best interest to serve Him as He directs and without fear of ‘letting Him down.’

As we celebrate our freedom as a nation, let’s make wise choices about what we do with our freedom in Christ. Find out how you might begin or continue serving the Lord. It could be as basic as attending church more regularly and being available each week or it might be as significant as committing larger portions of time toward serving in ministry. These days are evil and there are many distractions that compete for our time, talent, and treasure. Let’s make it our ambition to put the Lord first; to walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise. He whom the Son sets free, is free indeed. You are now free to serve the Lord! What will you do with your freedom?