The Fourth of July marks a transition between being part of another nation’s colonial holdings and becoming an autonomous nation. We celebrate this next week the freedom afforded by the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in secret to approve Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, and thus a new nation was born.
We often celebrate transitions—between being a student and being a graduate; between being single and being married; between having a work status and being retired; between living and dying and this list is as long as we are alive. Truly, change never really slows down, but we must meet it head on all the days of our life. My guess is that the better we handle and understand changes and transitions, then the better we thrive as God’s people.
What people in the original American Colonies had to decide about was whether they could trust the promise inherent in a new vision of the New World, or whether they could simply continue to abide business as usual from the British crown. Of course, we know the rest of the story and how it turned out.
For believers today, the transition that is of vital importance is the transition from being an autonomous person to becoming a faithful believer who relies exclusively on God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Those who are genuinely mature understand Jesus’ words: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). The more mature we are then the more we recognize that we are dependent on God as children of God. We worship a God who offers us, not only at the Lord’s Table which we celebrate on 5 July 2015, but in many ways and places the absolute love by which all children thrive.
May we eat together this week as the household of faith?