You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13 NIV
“O, say can you see by the dawn’s early light. What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight…”
The Star-Spangled Banner! I have heard this song many times throughout my life and especially when I celebrate America’s birthday in July. But it wasn’t until I was standing on the ramparts of Fort McHenry on the harbor in Chesapeake Bay in Maryland that I truly understood the meaning of the song and the freedoms we have in America.
Fort McHenry is the location of an American victory over the British at Baltimore in 1813. But more importantly, it is the place where Francis Scott Key witnessed the battle and penned the poem we now call the Star-Spangled Banner. He composed the poem the following morning when his eyes were struck by the American flag with its fifteen white stars and red and white strips waving in the air declaring freedom.
But just as we obtained freedom in America because of battles like Fort McHenry, we are also called to have freedom in Jesus. Jesus, perfect man and God, came to the earth to serve, to die for our disobedience and to rise, giving us victory over death. His call to us is to receive Him in our life as our Lord and become free!
Once we choose Him and His freedom, we are to use it to love others. My life shouldn’t consist of satisfying my own wants and desires. Instead, it should be focused on thinking, loving and serving others. I am to love the people Jesus places in my life.
This freedom may mean I have to actually make dinner for my family happily, help my kids with their homework, clean a friend’s home , feed the homeless, invite someone to church and tell them about Jesus or really listen as someone talks.
To be free is to love!
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Sing the Star Spangled Banner.
Dear Jesus, Thank You for coming to die and rising again for me so that I may have freedom. Help me to use this freedom to love and serve others. Amen.
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