READ : Acts 16:25-34
Do not harm yourself, for we are all here. (v. 28)
“What I like about living on my own as opposed to living with my parents is that I’m free,” said the teenager. And so saying she closed the door, locked both locks, turned the dead bolt, and inserted the security chain. Who’s free and who’s not?
“I drifted away from church,” said the middle-aged man, “because I work all week, and Sunday is my only free day.” And so saying he flopped onto the couch and reached for the remote control. Who’s free and who’s not?
Thinking the earthquake has freed his prisoners, the distraught jailer is about to take his own life. But although the dungeon doors are sprung from their hinges, Paul and Silas are still in their cell, waiting patiently. Paul and Silas, although in bondage, are free to remain in jail, while the jailer, a free man, is so in bondage to fear and despair that he determines to kill himself. Who’s free and who’s not?
The paradox of the New Testament is that when you become a slave of Christ you become truly free – free to follow your conscience, free from fear, free to be the person God calls you to be. “If the Son makes you free,” said Jesus, “you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
I’m free in Christ. Thank you, O God.