A shackled heart

“Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” – Romans 6:16 (NLT)

We are a world imprisoned. Whether we like it or not, we all have shackles. We may bear the chains of past traumas, crushed dreams, hatred. But we may also have chains of love, hope, faith.

Whatever we do, we choose our fetters. So, we ought to choose them well, no? Choose then to shackle your heart to God and His ways. It is odd to say so but only when we are tethered to God can we taste true freedom.

Yet, we need to make sure that He is the only thing to which we are tethered. So often, we Christians choose to shackle ourselves to many things. God and lust. God and money. God and ———. You fill in the blank and we have done it.

Sometimes we ruin wonderful things by turning them into shackles. The easiest example would be our relationships. Our relationships, particularly of the romantic sort, so often pull us away from God when they should instead strengthen our enslavement to Him.

The beauty in all this is that we hold the key. Jesus has given us freedom and the ability to unlock the handcuffs of sin at any time. We can adjust those good things worth keeping but have become weights in our sprint after God. Whatever holds you back from Him, it is time to disobey; pull yourself from its slavery; bind yourself to God.

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