Dressed in footed pajamas, our toddler son held the side of his crib and stared longingly over the rail. He chewed and adjusted the pacifier perched on his lips, hung his head in defeat, and whispered his first complete sentence. “Trapped like a rat.”
When our son was young, he had no concern for his safety and would have loved to run and play. Much to his chagrin, at bedtime we kept him in his crib for his protection.
I’ve heard people say they don’t want to become a Christian because they don’t want to be “trapped like a rat” in rules and regulations. For them, following God equals loss of freedom to have fun and enjoy life.
The Bible tells us that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. But how does that make sense, if God asks us to accept His Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior, and to be in subjection to His authority? Why should we be in subjection to anyone? We want freedom!
Who is God? He is the maker, designer, Creator of the universe.
Why should we trust Him? His character traits are Holy, pure and unfailing love, mercy, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and a myriad of other perfect and wonderful qualities.
God’s parameters on our life are not punishment, but for our protection. Let’s take the Ten Commandments as an example. Number one, have no other gods. Number two, no idols. Number three, don’t misuse God’s name. Number four, keep the Sabbath Holy (Rest). Number five, honor your father and mother. Number six, don’t murder. Number seven, no adultery. Number eight, don’t steal. Number nine, don’t lie or give false testimony. Number ten, don’t covet what someone else has.
If everyone on this planet honestly and truly lived by the Ten Commandments, the freedom would be amazing. We wouldn’t have to worry about being lied to, murdered, or having anything stolen. The Sabbath would truly be a day of rest and relaxation and every facet of our life would be better.
To top off the good news, God knows we aren’t perfect, so He put in motion a perfect plan. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, sacrificed His life for us, so that through His grace we can stand before a Holy God.
When God asks us to accept His Son as our Savior, we are no longer trapped like rats. God releases us from the trap of death and sin. God offers hope and a future, freedom from sin and death, freedom to live under God’s grace, freedom in His unfailing love, and freedom to experience eternal life.
Heavenly Father, we praise You for the glorious grace You have poured out through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for Your freedom. Thank You that my sins have been forgiven and I can walk free in Your amazing love!
“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.” ~ John 3:16-17 (AMPC)
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” ~ John 8:36 (NASB)
From Living Joyfully Free Devotional, http://amzn.to/2dwrgUb
Photo by Lisa Buffaloe