I'm sure many of you have heard Chris Tomlin's Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone (hear and watch the video here.) It's a beautiful song, a remake of one of the greatest hymns of all time. But when given more thought and consideration than the mere melodic pleasantness of it, it hits home. How true is it that my chains are gone! But do I always act and live like they are? No. I live as though I'm still enslaved to the anger, the jealousy, the pride, to the impatience of everyday things.
Years ago when Mark and I were engaged, he preached a sermon entitled The Emancipation Proclamation (EP). It has long since been my favorite sermon that I've heard him preach. The basic premise of the sermon was that the EP was what set the slaves free. He had laid the foundation already of what slavery likely entailed and then posed the question, "How many slaves do you think stood around and remained enslaved after this Proclamation occurred?" Very few, if any!! They probably ran as fast as they could, jumping with boundless energy for the freedom they had so longed for all those years.
So then, why do we as Christians not do the same thing? Once saved, God has redeemed us from the very chains we long to be set free from. Yet, we all too often choose to remain shackled and bound, living a life of defeat instead of victory. We continue living the same way we did before we were set free. We fly off our handles, lose our tempers, say hurtful things, and *insert your sin of choice here*. Be it drug addiction, marital conflicts, anger, lust, pornography, or whatever else, if we're saved, WE'RE FREE.
We need to take hold of that freedom and run for joy from the chains that have held us for so long. I'll accept this challenge. Will you?