Captivity does something to the human brain. Captivity trains us to act like captives. There have been instances of people having been kidnapped and held captive for long periods of time who, when faced with an opportunity to flee, actually choose to remain in captivity. In fact, that’s what we often do spiritually as well.
Paul wrote in Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” You see, at one time, we had to sin. It was our nature. It was the principle of law at work in us. Sin was just our thing. But Jesus came into the picture and obliterated our slaveowners. He fulfilled the law and overcame death on our behalf to lead us into freedom. He broke the chains.
But we’re trained for captivity. So even after saying ‘yes’ to the freedom Jesus Christ offers to us, we still spend our lives trying to figure out how to live as free people. We love the idea of grace, but law is what we know. We believe that God loves us no matter what, but performance-based living has ironically been our comfort zone for far too long. So we stay in the cage. We still carry our broken chain and pretend it still fetters us to the unavoidable tragedy of being sinners.
But… for freedom Christ set us free. He invaded the very territory of humanity’s evil slaveowner and broke us out. And the only way we’ll ever escape the mentality of slavery is to keep our eyes fixed on Him, appreciate what He’s done for us, and follow His leadership to freedom. If you’re a Christian, soak in His matchless grace and squeeze the joy of your newfound freedom. Really. Be. Free.