The Jews came to rely solely on being the physical seed of Abraham. They favored and conformed to the ways of their world and abandoned the sacred and consecrated culture of an Abrahamic heritage. Because the Jews did not practice the customs of Abraham, they were unable to recognize the truth about the type of freedom Jesus spoke about. They didn’t realize that He wasn’t speaking of a physical bondage, but of spiritual shackles and hindrances. He called them out as members of the devils household who are lustful, murderers and killers of Christ. They were indeed, slaves to evil. Why is it that we don’t always recognize when we are operating in ways opposite of how Christ would have us to be? Or when being caught up or entangled in sinful circumstances or acts cause us to be slaves of the situation? Often times, we make attempts to rationalize or justify something that clearly goes against the Word of God. God’s chosen people are citizens of heaven and therefore, not of this world. We do not conform to what the world thinks we should do or be fooled into thinking there will be no retribution for sin. Just as Jesus called out the Jews, He will call us out on Judgment Day. We have the opportunity, right now to be acquiescent to truth and salvation. We cannot speak the truth if the truth is not in us. We cannot be for Christ but yet keep one leg straddling the fence. We cannot serve two masters. The Gentiles were spiritual children of Abraham by faith. We are all adopted into the house of faith, but it is up to us to recognize what binds us and prevents us from being children of light. Romans 10:8 says, “the message is close at hand; and is on your lips and in your heart”. Live daily by the message contained in the Word and remain steadfast and poised to distinguish the truth. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Heavenly Father, I pray for Godly wisdom and direction in my life. Make clear to me the things that are unlike You and prevent me from being what You would have me to be or try to deter what You have purposed me for. I pray for clarity of thought, mind and soul that I may recognize when something or someone is not of You. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.