Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living
as servants (bond-slaves) of God.

1 Peter 2:16

The history of people has been told in terms of a great chase story; we run away
from the perfect will, safety, and love of our Creator, and God comes after us
with the diligence and the passion of a father whose child has
wandered off into a world filled with great danger. In part, this is
the story of my own life; there have been times when I look away from Him and
start to seek after things that are not His will, and God always calls to
me and chases after me and, thankfully, His voice always penetrates
through the walls of my stubborn, thick-headed heart. Then Christ brings me
back to the perfect safety and everlasting peace of God’s design and plan
for my life.

We people have a very bad habit of selling ourselves. We think that we have needs that
are not being met, we have desires that can not be fulfilled, and we have
a vision for life that God just does not understand; so, we leave His
righteousness, and we put our hearts and our minds on display in the slave
auction of allegiance. This is where we sell ourselves to the low bid of evil.
I make no apology if this is painful, I have felt it in myself, and I
feel it for others when I see them doing it. God is terribly hurt by us when we
do this, too.  He is like Michael Douglas’ character in the film Traffic,
who searches everywhere and will do anything to bring his daughter home
from the dangerous and potentially deadly life choices that she has made.

With a Father who loves us this much, and the gift of a new start that frees us from
every commitment made to sin and cancels all of the debt that we have incurred
to evil, why should we continue to run back to that auction block? When we are
feeling the urge or the need to do this, we are being deluded, and we are
delusional. The idea that we will find anything worthwhile and lasting outside
of God’s will and righteous plan is planted in our minds by Satan.

When the urge or the perceived need to move away from God in order to find what you need
to make life fulfilling and complete arises, turn, instead, toward Christ; talk
with Him about the need; open your heart to someone who knows Him; and let His
absolute love bring you what you truly need. These moments of decision are
opportunities for our spirits to grow and for our relationships with God to
become deeper. We are given the opportunity to live in true freedom and to
select who we serve. Who do you choose to serve?