Seven Wonders of the Word
“They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” -John 8:33-36
A young couple that wanted to get married sat in front of me. She was not a Christian, had never been baptized or really ever been to church. They had come to me because the husband to be, had struggled, trying to explain his faith, the Christian faith to this young lady who he wanted to marry. He deeply wanted her to get it, to be baptized to join him in the faith.
1) By his own admission it had been, well… it had been since his confirmation since he had spent any serious time working on, or connecting to his faith. So as much as he tried he was ill equipped to do what he felt needed to be done, thus he brought her to me, the “professional.”
2) Now, this one is by far the bigger problem… She didn’t get it. “What didn’t she get?” you ask… um… just about everything.
Essentially she had no concept of anything outside of what would be needed for her moment-by-moment comfort. The idea of creation; she didn’t care. The concept of God; hadn’t really dawned on her. She did mention that her daddy was getting her one of those new smart phones (I had a comment, kept it to myself). To her the world was made up of two kinds of people, those she liked who did things for her, were her friends or family and those who weren’t in one of the afore mentioned categories. She was thoroughly, completely and one hundred percent convinced that she was perfect. I am not kidding, not even a little.
When she announced this to me at first I though she was kidding. Even the most self assured person I had ever met would be willing to at least confess a flaw or a weakness or two… She was not. I was flabbergasted. I was literally at a loss for words, and that never happens!
When we confess that “we are in bondage to sin and can not free ourselves,” I can think of no truer statement. But as this young lady showed me, we are often so bound, that we don’t even realize that is what it is. This over the years I have found out that this once young lady was sure as shoot’n not perfect. In fact she was so far from it she couldn’t see perfection with binoculars. She was bound to material things, chemicals, popularity and other things that clouded her vision. The good news in all of this, is last time I heard, she was getting a clue, and in that we find the persistence of the call of Christ. Both of them have some way to go, but that’s alright, they are not on the journey alone, and I think that is what finally opened her eyes to what Christ is doing, has done and promises to do, to and for us and that is to show us the truth; the truth of us, and the truth of God’s love for us. When we see this, we we realize what God in CHrist has already done for us, we are freed indeed.