As I sit in a cabin at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, I realize that this will be the first time the conference, which my family and I have attended for the past forty or so years, will encompass Independence Day (a.k.a. the Fourth of July). I’m not sure what they have planned for that day, but I am sure that it will be festive.
All of America will be celebrating the day we became independent and free from European governance. Picnics and fireworks will rule the day.
As Christians, we should celebrate a different kind of day. Rather than calling it Independence Day, we should name it Dependence Day.
It would be the day we gave our lives to Jesus and confessed Him as Lord and Savior, repenting from our sins. At that moment, on that day, we no longer reign as independent creatures of habit and sin, but became a new creation in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold, new things have come.”
One of the old things that passed away was a life of independence replaced by a new life of dependence on God. Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
Following Jesus means giving up our independence. Denying oneself means living a life that is dependent on Jesus.
Coming up to Mount Hermon, we drove four vehicles as a caravan. I led the convoy of SUV’s and minivans. The moment the other vehicles decided to follow me, they gave up their independence and became dependent on me. They drove at my speed, in my direction, stopping when I stopped and advancing when I advanced. Thank God… we all got here in one piece.
When we decide to follow Jesus, it marks our Dependence Day. We join the convoy of Christ… the motorcade of the Messiah. We became dependent on Him.
Getting back to our caravan, twice during the journey, I took a wrong turn and everyone followed me. One wonderful thing about following Jesus is that if we stay close to Him, we will never make a wrong turn or take a misguided direction.
As Americans, we love our independence. It is ingrained in our cultural DNA. As Christians, we need to be counter-cultural and know the freedom and blessings of being dependent on Jesus.
Something to think about...