By Christy Pearce
Imagine never being able to experience abundant life, but having no awareness that you missed anything.
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, “You will become free”?’
“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’ ” John 8:31-36 (ESV)
I saw a movie a while back called “The Village.”
Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t seen “The Village” then this is going to blow the big surprise ending for you.
The plot is based on a community of people who lived in what appeared to be “the old days.” They grew their own food, didn’t have electricity and lived very simply. Everyone was pretty happy.
But there was a boundary around the perimeter of their old-time suburb that no one was allowed to cross. Not ever.
The elders who established the community didn’t want their children to know of the cold, cruel world beyond the trees. That world had dealt each elder a hand filled with pain, tragedy and horror. So, in an effort to protect themselves and their offspring, they created a boundary and a scary campfire story about horrible creatures in the woods that wanted to eat everyone.
Their words held the children in bondage and tied their minds to a post.
There were no monsters in the woods. In fact, there was a world with advancements decades beyond their own, complete with technology and many modern conveniences.
The children were enslaved to a lie—and they didn’t even know it.
Slaves or Sons?
In our world today, we tend to think of sin as “The Great Mistake” instead of “The Great Rebellion.” And if we aren’t careful, we can be enslaved to the lies of our own sinful nature if we allow voices of our culture to define terms that God alone outlines for us.
Sin is an abomination to the Lord. If there was ever any doubt as to its consequences, all we need to do is examine the penalty for “offending at one point of the law”—ETERNITY in hell separated from the presence of God.
The biggest deception we sell ourselves is the point of view that sin is just a little “boo-boo.” If we continue in that belief, we prevent ourselves from embracing the depth and magnitude and sheer GLORY that the grace of God provides when we come to faith and knowledge of Him.
Knowing how bad our sin is shows how truly good God is. Understanding our sin also reveals the chains that enslave our bodies of flesh.
But if we know the truth, the truth “makes us free.” Free to relish the beautiful dependence we have on Jesus Christ to break every chain of enslavement. Free to enjoy the privilege to be called “sons of God.”
It’s a funny thing, but our freedom is completely wrapped up in dependence . In dependence upon God, by the blood of Jesus Christ, our sins are REMOVED.
And dependence upon God for our redemption in Christ is only the beginning. Our freedom to depend on God colors all that life hurls in our direction.
This month, the Ask God Today team is going to explore the topic “In Dependence Upon God.”
Won’t you join us?
And tell your friends about Ask God Today! We’d love to minister to them as well!
Think it over . . .
Do you view your sin as God does?
Do you find your freedom through full dependence upon Christ, or do you find other things/people in life have become a crutch?
Whom can you share this devotional with and invite to this series?
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