Reading: Psalm 107: 1-9
Sometimes as Christians it can be easy to settle into a comfortable faith. The further we get from that last big brush with grace, the less we remember what redemption feels like. It is in those times that we really struggle and Christ sweeps in to our rescue that we feel the strongest expressions of grace and forgiveness and redemption. Once we get past those times when struggles were common in our early walk of faith, we can slip into a sort of cruise control. Then it can be easy to forget that others are still in a struggle. We lose touch with what it feels like to be held captive to something.
There are many people that struggle in life. The battle may be with things such as drugs and alcohol. It may be pornography. It may be abuse. It may be due to forces such as injustice or oppression. It may be cultural or economic. When we ourselves forget what redemption and that taste of freedom was like, we can lose our drive to help others find freedom from whatever is holding them captive.
The true freedom we find in Christ is the only real freedom from all that binds and holds humanity captive. In our struggles we may succeed in the battle for a short time when we fight it on our own. But Satan always regains a foothold when we try to do it alone because in us there is weakness. It is only when we call on the mighty and powerful name of Jesus Christ that can find redemption from all that binds us. It is by His strength alone that we have a chance in this battle. But all who do not know Christ cannot call on His name.
As faithful disciples of Jesus Christ it is our call and charge to make the good news known to all people. It is our call to share Christ with who struggle with the powers of this world so that all may come to know the redeeming and freeing power of Christ. Only in Christ is true freedom found. May we share Jesus and His redeeming love this day with all who are held captive to sin so that Christ may set them free.