The end of my last blog said:
I’LL BE BACK FOR PART TWO WITH MY “LOVE AFFAIR” AND MY CONCENS ABOUT HOW PEOPLE CHOOSE TO STAY IN THE PIT OF DESPAIR, LAZINESS, DOUBT AND VICTIMHOOD when the Lord offers freedom!
After I paid for my large, red glasses, I decided they really were not suitable for all-around wear. Since the prescription had not changed much, I went eyeglass hunting in my car and house. Paid off. I found a mauve in my closet junk box; a blue in my car junk box; a pair of colored lenses with gold frames, and I still could wear the pale purplish that I have most recently worn. Treasures, all. 😀 But I do sooo yearn for that pair of mustard yellow I saw in the store yesterday. But they would be almost $500 with my lenses. So no, I will not go there.
I am now closing my “eye glass” story. I want to move on to why people stay in their addictive states of bondage. Like me, some have just grown use to that luggage; they would feel unbalanced if it were not a part of their whole. I don’t know why the lady did not want to give up smoking. (She could have bought a new pair of glasses every month!)
Let me chat a bit regarding why people choose to remain in bondage to anything.
1. They are in despair. Parents put them down; teachers spend time with those who will be more successful; all their peers are in the same boat. It becomes a part of their personality. Jesus says: “What would you want me to do for you?” My pit is too deep, you say, this is where my friends stay.
2. They are lazy. Parents have found it easier to let children raise themselves; they have only grown older, not wiser or more mature. Jesus says: “What would you want me to do for you?” Nothing, you say, I’ll get some exercise when the sun goes down.
3. They doubt. Parents have tried to teach right from wrong and have encouraged maturity and common sense. Youth look around and see hypocrisy everywhere. Jesus says: “What would you want me to do for you?” Are you kidding, you answer, you don’t really succeed with anybody.
4. They accept victimhood. You have been raised by public culture. You see that government pays off better than hard work. Jesus says: “What would you want me to do for you?” Are you serious, you reply, why work when unemployment pays more.
5. They are unrealistic. Parents have a 2500 sq ft house. They live with parents to save for a down payment. But the mortgage payments on the new 2600 sq ft house that they want are unpaid and they are about to loose everything they put into it. Jesus says: “What would you want me to do for you?” Nothing, you say, you would put me back in a 1200 sq ft house, and I’m better than that.
Think it over. What do you want Jesus to do for you? Something that you can ask for while looking into his welcoming face.
Paul said, “I want to know Christ…” If we can just do that – know Him intimately – these other things would be taken care of – the Truth would set us free from the lies that have kept us in bondage.
Amen. Getting people to that place is a discipling task not efficiently accomplished. Not many are ready to move from milk of the word to real meat.
This is a great post. Very wise advice.
I would be pleased to know if you can use bits of it to help others.
Thanks, Oneta. I appreciate the offer. Have a great day!
Good reminder that living in bondage is a choice.
Certainly it is never a path which God plans for us. Only to be a servant/slave to Christ. No peace any place else.
A powerful song, CA. Thanks for sending it. I don’t listen to music very much because I don’t distinguish the words well enough if the song is not captioned. This one is. It surely does speak to my heart.