I have a family member in prison. The letters I’ve received from him always put me in tears. He talks a lot of Jesus, a conversion his heart underwent months before he was sentenced. What’s so weird is that even though he has been stripped of all of his freedoms in the world, he is living a life full of freedom in Christ. He has his pastor come in and lead a Bible study that he invites fellow inmates too. He reads his Bible daily and can’t get enough of Jesus. All behind bars.
It’s evident in some that when they lose their worldly freedoms, they really do find that God’s grace is enough for them and they begin to live out the plans God has for them behind locked doors.
Then there are some who are free to walk whatever corner of the earth they please. Freedom greets them not only on the 4th of July if in the US of A, but every morning. Every day they are the maker of their choices. And sometimes the freedoms we have become the very thing we try to hide from others. Especially if we’re a believer in Jesus Christ and we’re choosing to do ungodly things.
We can indeed become a prisoner of our ourselves. What I find so often true in myself is that when I am doing things that I know God isn’t pleased with I withdraw from living a life that makes Jesus high five the angels.
When we choose to digress, we become angry, frustrated and even depressed. We stop going to church and refuse anyone that reaches out to us. We purposely withdraw from anything about God. Living a life that reflects Jesus Christ is not always easy, but it is worth it.
Let’s take a look at our life today and get rid of anything that is holding us in captivity. Walk in the freedom you have in Jesus and take the encouraging words penned by Paul years ago to heart…
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.