A little bird was heard singing from his cage. His song, although beautiful; was sung from inside his two foot wire house. He couldn’t open the door; so what was he to do? He continued to sing. Even though he was held captive, the people listening to his song , were incredibly blessed.
What is freedom in Christ? Does it mean freedom to do anything I want? Before we can answer those questions, we must answer what does it mean to be enslaved? Slavery brings bondage, and captivity.
I love the story of Paul and Silas. Even though they were in bondage; with their feet fastened in stocks, they were praying and singing hymns to God and the prisoners were listening to them. How does one do that? Sing praise songs while enslaved? Really? If we can sing as unto the Lord, it makes the word of our testimony even stronger. You may be saying, but I don’t sing. You can still make melody and praise in your heart.
Some people are imprisoned in a body, riddled with sickness, while others are literally imprisoned and persecuted for their faith. It amazes me that people can sing praises to their Savior, while they are suffering. They suffer for the Lord and will receive crowns; which they will in turn, cast at the feet of their Savior. The Bible says:
“Blessed are the persecuted, for they shall see the kingdom of God.” Matthew 5:10
We can choose to offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to our Lord, even during our captivity. When we praise God in the midst of the pain; during suffering and captivity; we bless those who are watching and listening. God will pour out blessing upon us, so that there will not be room enough to receive it. Sweet freedom rushes over us; because when we are free in Christ, we are free indeed. “No weapon formed against us can prosper.”
As a Christian; when you find yourself trapped in a body filled with sickness, or suffering persecution, how will you respond? Can you sing or speak truth in love, because you have freedom in Christ to do so? We can do all things through Christ that strengthens us.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, please help me sing and praise You throughout any past, present or future suffering or persecution. May I walk in the freedom of Christ, as a living testimony, to the grace and mercy of my risen Savior.