Christians in Bondage
As Christians, we teach on the wonderful truth of the freedom that’s found in Christ, yet, our lives often tell a different story. It appears to me that we’re often just as enslaved to wrong ideas, evil systems, traditions of men and even false religion as anyone else.
Any freedom that we have in Christ gets smothered by the nonsense that we think. Rather than experiencing freedom as a lifestyle, we’re left with only moments of knowing real freedom.
Captured in our Minds
Captured by thoughts that we haven’t renewed and by the negative influences from the world around us, we’re unable to access the freedom that Christ has given. Strongholds of thought so pervade our thinking that even scripture gets wrongly interpreted to slot in with our deep or current views on life.
“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” aptly describes the fragility that people have to their thought life. Enslaved by wrong thinking, we become what we think.
Slavery that will Free You
Paradoxically, it’s by becoming a slave to Christ that we are completely freed. It’s therefore sadly ironic that Christians are, in some ways, often more enslaved than even before. Imagine the wasted sacrifice! Christ died to set us free and we create more bondage.
Sure, we are freed from the wrath of God and His judgment on sinners, but aren’t we also liberated from so much more – from sin, Satan and this world?
”Do not love the world or the things in the world” is pretty plain to understand, but often so untrue of our hearts. And, sadly, when we let our hearts run off after these desires, God’s word says of us that “If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him”.
The Bondage of Religion
We were warned by Jesus to “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees”, yet we’ve become masters of speaking of freedom while baking with the leaven. You see, the solution to the things that easily entangle us is not in a religion which promises that if we keep the rules we will be blessed. Because we can’t!
Yet, don’t we put this on one another by the way we judge, rather than pray; scoff in our minds, rather than help; and by generally making anyone not making the grade feel unwelcome?
Bound for Freedom
Knowing that we are unable to keep His commandments, God’s solution was to give us a new life and join us to Christ, so that He can live His life through us. It’s here, in Him, that we can know true freedom.
Now that we are bound to Christ in spirit, let’s remain bound in heart and mind also. For, it’s only in this way that we will experience true freedom in all areas of our lives. Perhaps, by remembering what it means to be a slave, we can discover all the freedom Jesus has for us!
Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).
One way or another we are all slaves. Who or what are you a slave to?