FREEDOM FROM BONDAGE


Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham, and have never been in bondage to any one. How is it that you say, ‘You will be made free’?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, every one who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not continue in the house for ever; the son continues for ever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (Jn 8: 31-36)

What kind of “bondage” is Jesus pointing out to me here? It is the bondage of my “sin” (ἁμαρτία, missing the mark); that is, my loss(es) of focus and distractions in false directions, toward short-sighted desires. My usefulness in God’s house gets blocked by such misdirection, because it blinds me to His deeper purpose for me, - to be His uniquely-useful child in truth and freedom.

Only the Son can make me free, that I may “be free indeed.” So let me humbly ask Him today to remove my obstacles to His purpose, whatever they may be. Let me hand my whole self over to Him, both my good and my bad, in heartfelt prayer. And let me not doubt Him, because He has what it takes to relieve my bondage. Lord, open my eyes to Your truth today, as I “continue” in Your word.

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