Today in America, we are celebrating the birth of our nation. We are grateful for living in “the land of the free and home of the brave.” I am thankful to be a citizen of this nation, but I’m also very aware that this is a temporary home, my citizenship is really in another realm; another reality.
When I think of being “truly free” my heart runs to the day when I’ll no longer struggle with sin’s bondage. There is coming a day when we will be living and breathing the freedom of holiness. There will be no falsehood, no evil desires, no self-centered focus at all, we will be fully engaged in the holy, pure, love relationship with God and others.
Corporately we will be experiencing the awe-filled worship and wonder of God.
The Apostle John got a glorious preview of that day:
[box]I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:2–5)[/box]
And look at the promise in verse 27:
[box]Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.[/box]
No impurity, no shame, no deceit, no falsehood will exist there—not because of our own righteousness or a works-based morality, but because of the gracious redeeming work of God.
For those of us who have been redeemed by Christ, we have an eternal citizenship in the kingdom of the truly free. And I long for that day—when we will be in our bridegroom’s presence for eternity in a place of no more bondage, pain, or death.
Do you have that longing and hope?
Do you have that assurance?