Why Would We Stay In Bondage?

by adustyframe ~ April 22nd, 2015

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In our class on Sunday, the discussion was a wrap up of our study of Galatians. The leader discussed our freedom in Christ and someone asked how do we live that out?

An example was given which involved jail—of course right?

As I sat there, I wanted to say something, but there were a lot of people in class that day that don’t know my story (as far as I know anyway) and I didn’t feel comfortable saying it out loud. Plus there’s always the threat of crying which happens whenever I share something about this.

The illustration was that Christ has freed us and our jail cell’s door is wide open. When we choose to stay in bondage to our sin, it’s like an inmate standing there looking at the open door and saying, “No I’m staying here.” Sometimes when we choose to sin instead of accepting freedom in Christ, it’s like we back into the corner of the open cell and totally ignoring that we could walk away.

What I would have said is this,

“As a person who has had their life touched by incarceration, I can tell you there are very (very!) few inmates who would knowingly and willingly stay in that open cell. Incarceration is devastating to the families and loved ones and to the inmate themselves. Why on earth would one choose to stay in a jail cell that they could freely walk out of at any moment?”

But isn’t that really what we do with our sin? Our bad habits? Our addictions?

Christ opened the door for us and paid for our freedom. Why on earth would we stay?

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage

Lizzie

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