Sunday, July 3, 2016

Dependence Day

On July 2, 1776 Continental Congress nearly unanimously adopted a resolution proposed by Richard Henry Lee calling for the colonies’ independence from Great Britain. On July 4th Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence.  Tomorrow marks the 240th anniversary of that historical event. Americans RESOLVED to no longer live under the rule of British authority.

On an unrecallable day and month in 1980 a young man took an older man by the hand and marched with great RESOLVE to the front of a great hall to make known his Declaration of Dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. That young man was me, the older man was my dad and at the front of that hall (Pembroke Road Baptist Church), I met with Pastor Robert E. Sawyer who led me through the prayer of confession and repentance and acceptance.

The second event mentioned above (my public proclamation of Christ) could not have happened without the first event (the Declaration of Independence) and without the many sacrifices since then by the men and women who have given their lives fighting for this independence. The United States of America would not be the free country it is today without their sacrifice.  Granted, America still has her flaws: some old and some new, but the principals upon which America was founded still stand and is still the best place on earth to live.

However, America, like all the world will one day pass away. What matters beyond today is not where your earthly citizenship is recorded, but where your heavenly citizenship is recorded. It’s not found in your declaration of independence, but in your declaration of dependence. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

You and I cannot reach the heavenly country apart from receiving the gift of salvation from Jesus Christ. To receive that gift, the first thing you need to do is recognize that you are desperately dependent on His gift.  You and I cannot do enough good to get to heaven. We are dependent. Will you join me today in declaring your dependence on Christ for salvation?

For God’s Glory,

Pastor Chris