This weekend we will celebrate The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th. By issuing the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the 13 American colonies broke their political connections to Great Britain, declaring themselves an independent nation.
I couldn’t help but focus this weekend on what true independence meant to me. No doubt the 13 colonies and many today who live as they please will define it as the dictionary does:
• not subject to control by others : Self-Governing
• not affiliated with a larger controlling unit
• not requiring or relying on others
However, I have found that true independence is quite the opposite of this. True independence is found in being totally dependent upon God. I have found God to be faithful and trustworthy in every way. I am dependent upon Him for the very breath in my body, my physical ability to accomplish tasks, being in my right mind, having food, clothing, and a place to live. I am dependent upon Him for direction, guidance, wisdom and insight to make right decisions. I am dependent upon Him for the security of my salvation and ability to live daily for Him in a way that glorifies His Name and His kingdom purposes. I am dependent upon Him when I suffer and face trials. I could continue to list things, but all are in contrast to the definition in the dictionary.
Do you want to find true independence? Then live the opposite of the dictionary’s definition:
Not subject to control by others : Self-Governing
True Independence: It behooves us to submit ourselves completely to God and let Him direct our path in life. Self should have been crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20). Although, we are not to be people-pleasers or let others control us, we should desire for Jesus to control everything about us. Jesus is the One who has set us free from the bondage of sin. He alone is our Master.
Galatians 5:1 – “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Not affiliated with a larger controlling unit
True Independence: God designed the church for community for helping us to grow in our Christian walk. We should participate in a larger unit of believers where we use our spiritual gifts for the benefit of the body. The Holy Spirit unites us as one, equips us, and teaches us all Jesus taught that we may live godly lives.
2 Corinthians 3:17 – “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Not requiring or relying on others
True Independence: During the pandemic we had to be separate from one another for quite some time. Do not allow that to be the case today. It is not good to be isolated from others or purpose to be self-sufficient. You need others in your life. Humble yourself and let others in once again. Without others you will not grow in God’s agape love.
Psalm 119:45 – “I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”
You can seek independence in this world in many ways, but none will bring fulfillment and satisfaction as finding true independence in Jesus Christ.
I am so happy to have found this freedom regardless of what man or our government may do. I cherish this independence that I enjoy. 1 Peter 2:16-17 states, “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”