This weekend we celebrate our Declaration of Independence. Too often we associate independence with being free from the need of others; when in reality the whole notion of pursuing freedom as a nation rested on the unity of the colonists. They needed to be interdependent in order to be free.
As believers we have been set free by the work of Christ. This freedom should not create an independent mentality that elevates the importance of self. Rather the focus should be on the body of Christ and the purpose that each member plays. The Apostle Paul made that clear when he warned us to check our thinking:
“…I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment… (4) For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, (5) so we, though many, are one body in Christ, … (6) Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…” Romans 12:3-6
As we consider our gifts, passions, personalities and talents let us use them to contribute to the purpose that God has for us for His body, rather than allow them to create independent attitudes.
We indeed are free, but we are not to be independent of one another:
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13