It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
When I opened the door to a UPS deliveryman, my dog TJ bolted out. He doesn't run off very often, but that day he did. I used to run after him and try to catch him, which he thought was a fun game to play. But now have a foolproof method of recapturing him.
When he escapes, I get his blue leash and calmly walk after him. As soon as I get close enough for him to hear me, I say, "TJ, do you want to go for a walk?" Of course he does, so he comes running. I hook the leash onto his collar, and I have my runaway dog.
That day as we were walking back to the house, I began chuckling at how stupid my dog was. He was already taking a walk and yet when I called to him, he voluntarily gave up his freedom and came to me to be tethered.
But my smile quickly faded. At times I have acted as stupidly as TJ. I have yielded to temptation and become ensnared in sin when I had the freedom to flee. Like my dog, I have voluntarily given up my freedom and been dragged somewhere I didn't want to go.
That day I was reminded again of how important it is for me to be on the alert and guard against answering the call of temptation. And if I don't have the strength to resist, I can always call on the Lord, who has promised to rescue me from every temptation. I never need to give up my freedom in the Lord and be a slave to sin.
Dear Lord, help me to see sin clearly and not be ensnared by its promises! Help me to stand firm in my freedom.