Friday, 06 November 2020
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” – Ephesians 4:1 NKJV
When you have committed a crime and have been sentenced to prison you forfeit your rights to your freedom. In prison, you no longer do what you want to do but what the officials tell you to do. Your crime has made you forfeit rights that free people enjoy. You can’t do anything without running it by the guards. Even a simple thing as getting visitors must happen when it’s convenient for the guards and not when you want. Even how long you can spend with your loved ones is determined by them.
As Christians, Christ bought us by shedding His blood for us. We are no longer free to do what we want to do but free to do what He wants us to do. We are no longer slaves of sin but slaves of righteousness. As the guard (our correctional officer), He must tell us what to do and when to do it. In Galatians 2:20, Paul was aware of the fact that he is no longer free to do as he wishes. He has died to self and because his freedom was purchased, he now has a new Master. It’s only when you have died to self that Christ can take over and lead you. Even He (Christ) knew that He can’t do His own will but that of the One who sent Him (John 6:38).
“Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8 NLT). He had to suffer because at the time He had not died to self, He had not surrendered His own will yet. We suffer because our flesh refuses to shed the weight GOD is trying to get rid of. We are like an onion full of worldly layers and GOD is slowly peeling off the desires of the flesh, replacing them with His desires (Ezekiel 36: 26). With each level of anointing, more layers require shedding. When we resist this shedding that’s when the suffering occurs. It’s only through dying to self that the deeper and stubborn layers are shed. It first starts by dying and realizing that we are no longer our own masters, that we are now slaves of righteousness because our freedom has been purchased. Like prisoners at Leeuwkop [prison], we don’t move as we desire but we move as the Spirit dictates. Like Christ on the cross “Not My will but Yours be done, LORD”.
It’s only when you have died to self that Christ can take over and lead you