The Thing About Freedom.

Yesterday as myself and most of America celebrated Independence Day, I couldn't help but reflect on how grateful I am to live in a country where we are free to live where we want to, work where we want to, and worship the One, true, living God (unlike other parts of the world where horrible persecutions are currently taking place, like Africa and the Middle East).  But even more than that, I reflected on how fortunate I am to be truly free in Christ.  To know, in the deepest parts of my soul, that I am no longer bound to sin and death because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  By His grace, He gave us eternal freedom with that act on the cross, and yet we often cheapen it, using it as an excuse to do whatever we want to, as if He died for no other reason than for us to "not go to hell" (when, really, He wants to give us a greater and more adventurous life here on earth). But no.

"Cheap grace is the idea that 'grace' did it all for me so I do not need to change my lifestyle.  The believer who accepts the idea of 'cheap grace' thinks he can continue to live like the rest of the world.  Instead of following Christ in a radical way, the Christian lost in cheap  grace thinks he can simply enjoy the consolations of his grace."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together