As we honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, I think about how Veterans Day has always had a special place in my heart. Having grown up the son of a 20 year Navy father, I have witnessed firsthand some of the sacrifices that each of these brave men and women have made to fight for freedom worldwide. Leaving family for months, even years at a time, moving from one city to another, multiple times, as the service requires, and following and executing orders whether they were popular decisions or not have all been a part of the military family life. These men and women deserve our praise for their faithful service and commitment and our thanks for making a difference in lives around the globe.
There is another man who deserves our praise and thanks for serving His Father faithfully and making the ultimate sacrifice for all men and women – Jesus Christ. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice in “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God’s love for us made the path back to Him possible through the blood shed by Jesus. The sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf has set all people free from sin and death as we accept this amazing grace gift. The grace gift of salvation, which brings us freedom, is reason to rejoice and celebrate.
What have you sacrificed for the Kingdom of God? Your time, talents, spiritual gifts, and even your life are all gifts from God to be used for His glory. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference in the lives of others, bringing freedom to those still enslaved by sin. Jesus Christ is the answer to a world that desperately needs a Savior. Jesus is the one who sets us free.
As we honor our veterans on this special day, let’s be sure to thank those we know for their service and treat them with honor and respect. Let’s also thank, honor, worship, and faithfully serve our Savior, Jesus Christ, for making the ultimate sacrifice and setting us free forever.