God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him
as you have helped His people and continue to help them.
Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)
“He will not forget your work . . .” Six words my weary heart needed. After a week of crushing demands and behind-the-scenes sacrifices, I needed Jesus to tell me all my efforts weren’t invisible.
No one else knew — and they didn’t need to — but I needed to know God saw and that it mattered to Him.
As we celebrate the 4th of July today, I’m reminded of military men and women who have sacrificed so much more than I ever could. I can’t help but wonder if there are days when they ask themselves if it’s worth it, if anyone cares, notices, or appreciates the countless ways they love and serve our country sacrificially.
I’m so grateful for the sacrifices of their lives and their time, away from family and a simpler, peaceful life. Whether a military leader, a behind-the-scenes worker, or a soldier on the battlefield, in the past or in the present, seen and unseen, God sees all.
God promises He will not forget.
Let’s soak in His promise to us today and offer it back as a gift of remembrance — for all the sacrifices that have been made for us by men and women we may never know. Servants who gave their all to give us freedom. An offering that echoes Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, that brings true, everlasting freedom for all who call on His name.
Lord, help us remember what our freedom cost. As we celebrate the 4th of July, help each of us to remember Your sacrifice and others’ who give their lives sacrificially. Help us never to take for granted the liberty of our heritage as a follower of Christ and the freedom with which we live in this country.
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Michele Morin says
What a perfect response to the gift of our liberty!
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Becky Beresford says
Beautiful and so good! Thank you Renee! ❤️
Renee Swope says
My heart always needs this reminder. SO grateful for His eyes that see and His heart that cares. Lord, make me more like You.
Susan orr says
Thank you for reminding us of the amazing heroes and all the people who have sacrificed, are currently sacrificing and those who will sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy. May God bless each of those families and please remind us to pray for them even when it is not a holiday.
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Melissa Henderson says
A day of remembrance, for all God has done for us and continues to do for us. His love and blessings continue every moment. Happy July 4th!!
Every morning, I pray first then open The Holy Bible “at random”. It is amazing that God often speaks exactly what we need to spiritually hear.
Directly before I opened His Word this morning, I remember thinking that perhaps I should later look up verses in the index that are related to “freedom” since this is the 4th of July. I didn’t have to. I opened The Holy Bible “at random” to Galatians 5:1.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
– Galatians 5:1
In 1776, our nation proclaimed freedom from all other nations. Throughout the following years, we have continued to claim freedom from the bondage within our own nation: freedom from slavery in races owning other races, in men owning women, in the wealthy owning the poor and much more.
Today, many of us often take this freedom for granted that our ancestors fought for and died for. However, there is a much more costly, precious and intense freedom that separated us from the rampant, unbridled, unrestrained war between humanity and the satanic evil forces of this world.
“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” – Romans 6:14
When Jesus Christ died upon The Cross, He paid the price for our sins and set us free from the malicious, malevolent and malignant forces of evil. Jesus Christ paid it all.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
– John 3:16
Humanity has longed for freedom since the beginning until the end:
“I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.” – Genesis 49:18
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
For our past, present and eternal freedom from the spiritual restraint, misery and torture of this world, Jesus Christ suffered indescribable, inconceivable and unimaginable pain on The Cross. He freely suffered, died and gave Himself for us.
Our predisposition to focus exclusively on a single or restricted interpretation of freedom itself should be heightened. Freedom is much more than earthly security, equality and happiness.
“Jesus paid it all
All to him I owe
(Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow)
(He washed it white as snow)”
And He blessed us with His Amazing Grace and the peace that only He can give.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” -Jesus Christ
Yes, let us not forget those who had served and those who are serving today. It is because of them, we are given this freedom. This freedom that we all take for granted. We are so blessed to live in a country where we are free, free to speak, free to worship, free to be ourselves. I reflect on this today and am so thankful I am an American… Thank you for reminding us of these heroes today.
Renee Swope says
So grateful for their sacrifice!!! ❤
Beth Williams says
I believe many in this country have forgotten what our freedoms have cost. They don’t seem to care about the sacrifices of others. We need to revisit history & remind ourselves just what those brave men & women sacrificed for our freedoms. In the early days they left the home country & went to a new place to make a home & fought for freedom of religion & from taxation without representation. Others went overseas to fight in Europe, S.E. Asia & Middle East. Their families stayed home waiting anxiously to hear from them. They were moved around a lot never staying in one place that long. Many brave young men & women never made it home from battle. Let us never ever forget. Let us never forget that Christ sacrificed His Only son to die a cruel death to free us from the slavery of sin & eternal damnation. Praise God!
Tricia Davis says
What a beautiful reminder of the freedoms we enjoy each and every day only because of the sacrifices that others make. Especially the one true sacrifice from our Creator that gives us the gift of eternal life with God! Thank you for the reminder!
Renee Swope says
Lord, help us remember.❤