Bible Ballistics: “BBs”#73 Independence Day????
As we approach this 4th of July, I thought we would take a brief look at “independence”.
Independence: ‘free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority”. If you would, independence is being ‘un’-dependent on another; for our intents and purposes the opposite of dependence—particularly toward God.
1 Peter 5:5-7 says, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
We Americans, value our ‘independence’ and hold it’s value high; it’s an important part of our heritage, which we rightfully hold in high regard. But when we bring that same ideology of ‘independence’ into the spiritual realm, we are on tenuous ground. God calls us to ‘dependent’ living.
Peter reminds us that God’s plan for our personal relationship with Him is ‘humility’. We are compelled to bow our hearts and lives before our Lord, in subjection to our Sovereign God Almighty and our Lord Jesus.. We are called to ‘humble yourselves….under the mighty hand of God”.
May we pursue humility and yield our lives to our God daily—and not only to humble ourselves before God, but also to submit ourselves one to another. Remembering that “…God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble….”. I need HIS grace. How about you?
So??? Here’s our shot for today. As we spend time this week celebrating America’s Independence, let’s be sure we are living in submission to God and our fellow believers. Or put another way, being—interdependent not independent.