As America celebrates her birthday, those who are also citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven anticipate the greater freedom that is to come. In fact, the apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:19-21 that, “the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God…the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
The freedoms enjoyed in America, great though they may be, are as nothing compared to the liberty that shall be. America’s Declaration of Independence asserts that, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Yet, despite these noble aspirations, there remains much inequity and unrighteousness in the “land of the free,” as well as every other country on earth. Is there a place on earth where people are truly free from the consequences of sin and the limiting effects of pain and suffering?
God’s word assures His children that, “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). To be free from the sin and suffering of this life will be joy beyond expression. Imagine a place where “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying” and “there shall be no more pain” (Rev. 21:4).
O, for a home with God!
– Steve Klein