Thanksgiving For Freedom

It is reported to train an elephant one begins with a baby elephant. The trainer chains the baby elephant to a stake in the ground and limits his travel by the length of the chain. After time the chain is removed from the elephant’s leg but the elephant will not move further than what the chain would have permitted.

    There are a number of facts we know about freedom: freedom is not free; freedom is not all encompassing; freedom is not enjoyed if not realized, etc.

Freedom is not free.

    The home of the free is a statement often used to describe America. But as citizens of this wonderful country we must understand how freedom is obtained, gained and maintained. We enjoy freedom in this country because of the actions of our servicemen on and off the battlefield.  The freedom of America is not one time won and forever awarded.

    Jesus Christ paid the price for the freedom of all who follow Him. If not for Christ no one could enjoy freedom from Satan; if not for Christ no one could enjoy freedom from sin (Romans 8:2). Our forefathers, in the church, lived their lives and fought the good fight of faith to maintain freedom. Thank God for Jesus Christ; thank God for our faithful forefathers in the army of the Lord.

Freedom is not all encompassing.

    The freedoms enjoyed in America are not enjoyed in every country in the world. There are countries in which citizens are not free to speak against injustices perpetrated by the government; there are countries in which citizens are not allowed a voice in their government; there are countries in which citizens are not free to worship the one true God.

    The freedom enjoyed in Christ Jesus is enjoyed only by those in Christ Jesus.  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him (Hebrews 5:9). Christ died on the cross to make possible salvation for the world but only a small fraction will be saved. Man is not lost because of a weakness in Jesus but a lack of desire for the freedom offered by Christ.

Freedom is not enjoyed if not realized.

    The adult elephant is free but does not leave because it does not realize the chain no longer restrains it. Some Christians live as though they remain restrained by Satan even after Christ has given them freedom. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness (Romans 6:16-18).

    Let us enjoy and live in the freedom of Christ and show this freedom to a world in bondage.

 

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