“Quick, get up!...Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”
When I think of the word freedom, I think of stuff like the American Revolution, Braveheart, and Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. I think of those in chains being released from them. I also think of how we may not even realize the chains that we allow to remain tightly locked, that we wear as familiar jewelry for fear of what life would be like without them.
We celebrate today the freedom of our nation. We shoot fireworks and eat ice cream, and we remember those who have paid—and those continually paying—a huge price so that we can enjoy those fireworks and ice cream in freedom.
Do we celebrate daily the freedom from sin? Do we constantly, consciously remember the price that Christ paid for our prison break? Not only did He die as the perfect sacrifice—He lived 33 years without sin so that He could do so! He daily laid down His life so that we could step out of the prison cell, free from bondage.
The Scripture on my heart is found in Acts 12. An angel came and broke Peter out of prison. He was bound with two chains and guarded by sixteen soldiers. I love how the angel struck him on the side to wake him up. He was asleep! That is peace…when we are in the worst possible situation we can think of, yet completely resting in God’s hands.
Anyway, when the angel woke him up, the chains fell off of his wrists. Partial freedom. Afterward, Peter was instructed by this God-sent messenger to clothe himself (clothes, sandals and cloak)—then to follow him out of the prison cell. Total freedom.
How often do we stop at the first step? When we open the door for Christ to fill our hearts, He opens the door and awakens us. The chains fall off of our wrists. Yet, do we proceed to follow His instructions in being clothed and covered, to follow Him out of the cell? Are we content with salvation behind bars? I don’t want to just be saved, but free! I don’t want the chains to fall off of me, only to sit looking at an open prison door from the inside.
If you are ready to serve more than yourself, I dare you to declare independence. As the angel said, “Quick, get up! Wrap your cloak around you, and follow me.” Let’s leave the prison cells behind us, so that we can bust others out as well. It’s time for a prison break.
Scripture to read:
Father, You were willing to fight for our freedom by giving Your Son. May the courage shown through Your love abound in me to fight for the freedom of others. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.