Whenever I pay for something I take ownership of it immediately and it better be what I wanted or I insist on getting my money back because I purchased for myself: for my use and for my pleasure. Jesus is not like that.
He saw my brokenness and He had compassion on me. He couldn’t bear to see me in bondage, chained and shackled by sin and so He paid the price for me to be free.
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34
Though He paid the full price for me, I am allowed to choose Him, He doesn’t force me into His possession. That’s what love does. Love will set you free. He purchased me free. But bondage is only just a breath away. Literally.
The prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 2:2
The air! How ubiquitous is that?! I only need to breathe outside of Jesus to draw in the thing that forces me into it’s wicked dictates again. And the more I disobey God, the more I become intimate with the prince of the power of the air. But in Christ is the wind of the Holy Spirit. That’s the breath I want to draw in. If you break a clay vessel that’s full of water, the water leaks out and is replaced by air.
I was broken, shattered by every devastating blow of the accuser but He desired better for me. He desired to make me whole. A vessel that can contain the FULLNESS OF GOD…. Treasures untold in a vessel of clay.
So He puts me back piece by piece. Master Potter, He works from the bottom up, so that as the base gets healed, it can hold some water – however little. As He works up, the further I progress toward wholeness, the more water I can hold… He makes me whole and fills me with His Spirit. He keeps pouring out living water into me. As He pours the water it turns into sweet wine within me. He has saved the best wine for last. When every other pleasure runs dry. Suddenly I overflow.
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
John 7: 37-38
When we’re set free it’s not long before we come to the realization that our freedom will never last into eternity unless we also choose Him. Like a slave set free in the Sabbath year, we are allowed to choose Him as our master and so remain in His house forever.
Exodus 21: 5-6
But if the servant declares, ‘I love my master … and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.
My prayer is that we will choose Jesus, choose not to exercise our freedom and use it to sin but choose to serve Him. To be servants of God and slaves of righteousness (pure love).
Romans 6: 16-23
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.