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True Liberty

July 02, 2017
True Liberty
The Statue of Liberty has stood as a beacon of hope in New York Harbor for more than 120 years, welcoming people from around the world to a land of freedom. Built in France as a joint project to celebrate 100 years of American independence, Lady Liberty has become an iconic symbol of freedom worldwide.

For the past few weeks, however, the statue has been surrounded by controversy—as a Russian billionaire has anchored his yacht in front of the statue for nearly a month. Tourists have complained that the opulent vessel obstructs their view of Lady Liberty. However, there are no government regulations that prohibit a boat from parking in that part of the harbor.

For more than two thousand years, the Cross at Calvary has been a waymark leading people around the world to a freedom found only in Christ. His sacrifice and perfect example give us the opportunity to live a life of freedom from sin. But is it possible that the inconsistency of our lives could be obstructing the view of salvation for those in our sphere of influence?

While we are not saved by works of the law, our lives have a powerful influence for good when we follow the principles of God’s law of liberty. It is only the grace of Christ that enables us to keep this law—and it is an evidence of our membership in the eternal kingdom (James 1:25). Yet when we neglect this opportunity, we not only lose our own freedom, we fall into the trap that Jesus said also ensnared the Pharisees—“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in” (Matthew 23:13).

As we take time this week to celebrate freedom, may our own commitment to God’s kingdom be renewed and revived so that our lives will not obstruct the way for others to find liberty in the salvation of Jesus Christ.

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