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Dependence Day

In the US, the Fourth of July is a national holiday when outdoor grills are heated up; beaches are packed; and cities and towns have parades and fireworks displays, picnics, and patriotic celebrations. All of this is in remembrance of July 4, 1776, when the 13 American colonies declared their independence.

Independence appeals to all ages. It means “freedom from the control, influence, support, and aid of others.” So it’s not surprising that teenagers talk about gaining their independence. Many adults have the goal of being “independently wealthy.” And senior citizens want to maintain their independence. Whether anyone is ever truly independent is a discussion for another time and place—but it sounds good.

Craving political or personal independence is one thing; daring to pursue spiritual independence is problematic. What we need instead is a recognition and acceptance of our deep spiritual dependence. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Far from being self-reliant, we are totally and eternally dependent on the One who died to set us free. Every day is our “dependence day.”

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, O I need Thee; every hour I need Thee!
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee. —Hawks/Lowry
Our greatest strength comes from dependence on our strong God.

Insight

There are two sides to the word picture of Jesus and His followers as a vine and branches. On the one side, His followers, the branches, are totally dependent on Him, the vine. But as the vine, He freely and generously supplies what we need to bear fruit.

28 thoughts on “Dependence Day

  1. llinatl says:

    I have a beautiful garden that is bearing no produce (lack of sun). Just has me thinking a lot about how as Christians in our nation we bear little to no fruit.

  2. paldubee says:

    For me these verses and ideas really tie into
    1 Corinthians 13: 1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    I can choose God’s Love by being in His Will, and then all I do will be with His Love.

    Thank you Lord for the privilege of being part of Your plan! Help me to stay in Your Will.

  3. steviepowell says:

    Today, I pray that it be Your Will to return this nation, that is losing its Independence, back to a nation UNDER God. I pray that those of us, who know You and believe in You, be granted the strength and wisdom to truly stand up for You. Life was so much sweeter, when You were in the schools, in the churches, the government, in our cities and homed and our hearts. May this nation be fully restored with You involved in all things.

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