On July 4, 1776, our forefathers formally adopted the Declaration of Independence. A century later, American slaves were granted their God-given freedom. And for Christians, our freedom was purchased long before.
How do we celebrate our freedom that was purchased with Christ’s blood?
We can celebrate with hot dogs and homemade ice cream. Our God encourages celebration!
We can celebrate by joining together for weekly worship. We need this!
And we can celebrate a million other ways. In fact, we’re encouraged to do just that. 1 Corinthians 10:31 reads, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Whatever you do. That includes a lot. It includes how you talk to your children. How you spend your free time. And yes, how you handle your money.
Are you a Christian? Then you have access to a financial freedom that others don’t. Because your security isn’t found in your bank account. It’s found in the finished work of Christ. You know all will be well—not because your portfolio is diversified, but because your Savior has secured your eternal future.
As a result of your freedom, you are invited to live differently. You don’t have to cling to your finances for dear life. You don’t have to fear what tomorrow brings.
Instead, you simply look to your Father. There, you find peace. When you gaze at his gentle face, you’re struck by His gracious, neverending generosity. The fears of tomorrow grow faint, replaced by a sure hope.
And the best part? You give generously, freely, without hesitation—with purpose and passion!
Just as you love because He first loved you, you give because He gave. His example is mesmerizing, overwhelming, inspiring. Jesus, the King of the world, held everything, even His life, with an open hand. Then He gave it all away.
While it may not feel natural, you’re learning to do the same.
You’re learning that God truly is with you and for you. That He really does provide for all your needs. And he’s trustworthy.
So like Him, you can hold all you have with an open hand, ready to give where He leads. That’s freedom. That’s worth celebrating!
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