Today is a short devotion- or rather a normal devotion. 🤣 Some of our devotions turn into Bible studies. I may one day separate them and do a devotion along with a Bible study, but for now endure the pain. 😝
3 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—
In a commentary entitled “Unlocking the Scriptures for You” we read:
“Every Christian is a “prisoner of Christ Jesus,” but that fact should concern us as little as it did Paul. Real freedom is a chimera, anyway. (chimera refers to something that is truly an impossibility) Most people are not aware of it, but they are prisoners of something, chained to habits, to harmful attitudes, to overbearing employers, to overweening ambition, to drives and lusts—and sometimes to literal chains clamped on by political or military enemies. The Christian’s imprisonment differs from these- We choose to give ourselves up to the Lord, since He alone chains us to himself in order to free us from everything and everyone else. His is the bondage that releases, the burden that lifts (Matthew 11:28–30).”
Lawson, L. (1987). Galatians, Ephesians: Unlocking the Scriptures for You (p. 179). Cincinnati, OH: Standard.
We often talk about freedom as though it is something that is attainable but aside from becoming slaves to Christ we will never truly be freed from any of our natural shackles.
Paul was a prisoner for Christ but in that prison he was freed from the shackles he once held: religion. Christ has freed us not so that we can again create bondage in something else, but so that we can be shackled to Him and experience true freedom. What are you allowing yourself to be chained to? Are you chaining yourself to the Lord or something else?
Spend 1 minute thanking God for the freedom you now have. Thanking Him that you do not have to be a slave to your flesh. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking the Lord to open your eyes to the joy He provides.
Look around you, how many people are slaves to something? The answer is all of them. Can you share this with someone that you see is struggling with slavery? Can you look around at the people you are with daily and muster up the courage to tell them that God can free them from whatever they are going through? In the very least find another believer and challenge them to give into their position with Christ, allowing Him to be their master.