December 4
Enslaved by choice
Diana Kerr

Growing up, I loved historical fiction novels. Series like the American Girls or Dear America intrigued me with their historically accurate stories of girls my age who lived in earlier time periods in our country’s history.

Whenever I would read a book about a slave girl in the 1800s, her story would fill me with emotion. I could feel just a fraction of her bondage and frustration and hopelessness. Still, I longed desperately for her freedom. In her case, there really was no way out of that slavery.

That kind of slavery is so unfamiliar to us, yet we experience our own bondage internally thanks to sin. Slavery to sin is a very different kind of bondage, but it stirs up some of the same emotions in us, doesn’t it? We feel trapped, frustrated, and hopeless.

Unlike literal slavery, however, there is a way out. Isaiah 9:4 reminds us of Jesus’ great emancipation: “You have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.”

Too often we feel weighed down with the burden of the poor choices of our past, or even those of our present reality. We allow sin and Satan the oppressor to keep us captive, when in reality we are free.

Friends, Jesus didn’t just remove your burden and oppression, he shattered it. There’s no need to live in slavery when you’re actually free.


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