It's The Chains That Bind

Monday, October 03, 2016

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:18)

As a prisoner in the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received:with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Now to each one of us grace has been given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. (Ephesians 4:1-7)

Walking around my college campus I see slaves every day. I see people who are slaves to their GPAs  to their appearance, to their various coping mechanism, to their pain. I see slaves who have yet to fathom that the freedom train has already come. In hard times, I see freed slaves put back on the chains that used to hold them in hopes of finding comfort that was never truly there to begin with because it’s “what they know.” 

In the Bible, I see the truth.

Galatians 5:1 shows the that Christ has set us free. There is no need to carry our sin anymore; but, in order to get the burden off our backs, we must put the weight down and realize that it’s just as heavy when we pick it back up again.

Romans 6:18 tells us that in being set free from sin, we are now slaves to something new, but this master is so much better than the last. He binds us in love, joy, peace, and beautiful grace. His plans for us are good, and the discipline is only to better us. 

Ephesians 4:7 really shines a light on what this calling looks like. We are to live with “humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace,” which is a lot easier when everything is going the way we think it should, but what about when we are in a darker, drier season? 

This is when many christians cling on to their broken chains forgetting that God is “over all, through all, and in all,” the very thing we should be clinging to. Our master goes before, walks beside, and works behind us, even when we can’t hear/feel him. Thankfully, though, we have grace as a gift paid for by Christ, so that we are covered when we come short.

Dear Dad,
Thank You for breaking the chains of sin in my life. Please help me to leave them in my past, and chain myself to You. Thank you for calling me to be a slave to Your righteousness, and reveal to me daily what I can do to further Your cause. I promise to strive to be worthy of Your calling, and to ask for forgiveness when I fall short. Thank You for Your unswerving mercy and for binding me in grace by sending Your son to pay the price of my freedom.

Are there are chains that are keeping you from christ?
What burdens do you keep picking back up?
What master do you cling to?

Written by: Parker Paschall

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