By Jesse Becker
Jack and Pal are our family dogs and are as opposite as Abbot and Costello. Jack is tall and slender, smart and athletic. Pal short and pudgy, dumb and cute. We love them both. On occasion I have to contain them with dog ties and harnesses. When I come out to them, Pal always pulls his tie to its limit, but Jack does not. In fact, he’ll jump with excitement straight up in the air with the tie relaxed beside him.
The other day I put a leash on Jack and released him from his tie. I walked away, but Jack came only as far as his chain had ever let him come before. I turned around and he began to jump excitedly straight up in the air like any other time. Since he felt the leash on him he thought he was still tied up and restrained. He did not realize he was free to come to me.
It instantly reminded me of how we as Christians often live. We know we are saved from sin, yet because we still feel the sin nature in our flesh, we act as if we’re still tied to it. Galatians 5:1 says “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Praise the Lord our chains are gone; just don’t forget to live like it!