NEVER AS FREE
"A wealthy man, a southern land owner went to a slave market. Upon arriving, he noticed a young African-American man being auctioned off to the highest bidder. He bid on the young man and won. The land-owner noticed the anger sparked in the slave's dark eyes. No doubt the young man wondered how badly he would be abused at the hands of this new owner.
As the wealthy man walked off with his new 'slave', he turned to the young man and said, "You're free."
The slave looked at him in surprise. "What? What do you mean?"
"I said you're free."
Puzzling this unexpected announcement, the young man's eyebrows furrowed in confusion. "Does that mean I can say and do whatever I want?"
The land owner smiled. "Yes, of course."
"Can I be whatever I want to be?"
"Can I go wherever I want to go?"
Smiling again, the older man replied, "Of course."
Tears began to fill the young man's dark eyes. "Then I think I'll go with you."
Isn't that a beautiful picture of Christ? He bought us with an invaluably high price. And once He bought us, He set us free. Who better to stay with than the One who loved us enough to give us a choice!
You see, I am a slave for Christ. Joyfully free, but choosing to follow the One who gave me my freedom. There are some amazing things about being chained to my Saviour:
1. I am His. I am joined with Him in all things. We live together, we die together. He is with me every step of my journey. (Galatians 2:20)
2. When I feel like I'm struggling, the Lord lifts me up. (Romans 14:4)
3. I am one of the secret keepers of God. He reveals mysteries that the rest of the world is dying to discover. (I Corinthians 4:1)There are so many other beautiful gifts to being chained to Christ. But I know this: since being His slave, I have never felt more free.
Tara Johnson from ‘Christianity Without Religion’